Rajat Sharma


Major developments were seen at the swearing in ceremony of Nitish Kumar. Firstly, Nitish has tried to send out a message from Patna’s Gandhi Maidan, of a new political beginning. All anti-Modi leaders were brought together on stage. Secondly, Lalu Yadav has made it clear that his younger son, Tejaswi Yadav, would be his political successor. Another visible development was the fact that the RJD supremo did not give those a chance to become a part of Nitish’s cabinet, who had left him and joined Nitish when the two were rivals. Shyam Rajak, who was part of Nitish’s cabinet for the past 10 years, had to be content watching the ceremony on his TV screen. Nitish has relied on people who have supported him for a long time now. Similarly Lalu has ensured that those who stood by him even in the most trying times, got good portfolios. Abdul Bari Siddique has been allotted the crucial finance ministry.

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