Nitish Kumar sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister for fourth consecutive term
Patna, November 16, 2020
Nitish Kumar was on Monday sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar for a fourth successive term.
Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath to Kumar at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan.
The National Democratic Alliance secured a majority in the October-November Assembly elections, winning 125 seats in the 243-member house. However, Nitish Kumar saw his Janata Dal-United's share slip to 43, while the BJP won 74 seats. Two smaller parties won eight seats.
Along with Nitish Kumar, 14 others were sworn in as ministers, including Tar Kishore Prasad and Renu Devi, who are tipped to be deputy chief ministers.
The other ministers are Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Mewa Lal Chaudhary, Ashok Chaudhary, Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Sheela Kumari, Mangal Pandey, Amarendra Pratap Singh, Ram Preet Paswan, Jivesh Kumar, Ram Surat Kumar, Santosh Kumar Suman and Mukesh Sahani.
The new faces in Kumar's cabinet in 2020 are Jivesh Kumar, Ram Surat Kumar, Sheela Kumari, Santosh Kumar Suman and Mukesh Sahani.
The NDA has included two women ministers -- Renu Devi and Sheela Kumari -- in the cabinet.