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Nitish plays down Cabinet rejig buzz, says it's due before next 'Dussehra'

'I had said after Dussehra, which means before the one falling next year,' Kumar said

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Nitish Kumar

Chief Minister Kumar on Tuesday chose to play down speculations surrounding the expansion of his cabinet by saying it is in the offing some time next year.

At the meeting of the JD(U) in September, Kumar had told party leaders that expansion of his cabinet was likely after Dussehra, which fell on October 19 last.

"I had said after Dussehra, which means before the one falling next year, Kumar said.

Kumar, who is also the of the (United), made the remark in Patna in reply to queries from journalists on the sidelines of a function organised on the occasion of establishment day of the

Names of probable candidates that have been doing the rounds include JD(U) MLC and and Ashok Choudhary, a former state and a in the previous Grand Alliance government, who joined the earlier this year.

Initially, the name of Prashant Kishor, poll strategist-turned-politician, who joined the party at its meet recently, was also being considered among the probables.

However, upon his elevation as vice-president, it is being said that he is likely to remain engaged with the partys crucial backroom operations.

Speculations are also rife that may be inducted from his partys quota.

A number of key departments in the state are at present without full-time ministers, most notable being social welfare which fell vacant upon the resignation of following the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal and of which is at present holding the additional charge.

First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 15:55 IST