Bihar cabinet expansion next month: Nitish Kumar

Bihar cabinet expansion next month: Nitish Kumar

Patna, : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that cabinet expansion will be done next month.

Announcing this in the meeting of the party leaders at executive committee meeting held at his residence on Sunday (September 16), Nitish said that the vacancies in the Boards and Corporations would also be filled up by the end of the month.

There are 35 Boards, Corporations and Undertakings where political workers are appointed chairmen, vice-chairmen and directors.

The state cabinet has 29 members from JDU, BJP and LJP at present.

According to the strength in both the Houses of the state legislature,18 more ministers can find berth in the state cabinet.

Addressing the party leaders, Nitish claimed the talks for seat sharing for the coming elections to Lok Sabha was at final stage as the top leaders of the BJP were in constant touch with him.

He assured them that the JDU would get a respectable share in the allocation of seats. There are 40 constituencies in Bihar for Lok Sabha. JDU has two members, LJP six and there are 22 members of BJP in Lok Sabha from the state.

JDU will organise caste level conferences at block levels from next month to attract the electorate towards the party in the Lok Sabha elections. Party has set up 88,000 booth level committees and opened Panchayat level units in all the 8,285 Panchayats, he told them.

At the party meeting, the newly inducted member, Prashant Kishore sat next to the national president and R C P Singh, secretary general on the other side.

Reacting to the rumours in the JDU circles that Prashant Kishore was inducted into the party to cut Singh to size, the IAS officer turned politician said, "No one can cut me to size. I am already 5 ft four inches."

Singh was earlier principal secretary to Nitish Kumar who got him elected to Rajya Sabha for the second term.

Nitish hailed the induction of Prashant by saying "Prashant is the future, I tell you" inviting speculation that he was the political successor to Nitish and not RCP.

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