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Education minister Krishnandan Varma gets social welfare charge after Manju Verma's resignation

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Education was given the additional charge of the after its resigned in connection with the shelter home sex scandal case.

A notification to this effect was issued by the Though the notification had yesterday's date, it was put on the official website today.

had stepped down yesterday following allegations of links between her husband and Brajesh Thakur, who was the key accused in the case of sexual abuse of young girls at the state-funded shelter.

The call details of Thakur's phone revealed that he had talked to her husband 17 times from January to June this year.

Speaking to media from a prison van in the court compound at yesterday, Thakur said he used to speak to the minister's husband, Chandeshwar Verma, but it was "on political issues".

The official website of the promptly replaced the name and photograph of with that of

Political observers see the allocation of the to as part of efforts to placate the Kushwaha caste to which both Manju Verma and belong.

In the midst of intense demand for her resignation after name of her husband cropped up in the case, Manju Verma had alleged that she was targeted as she belonged to the backward Kushwaha community.

Kushwaha caste was the second largest block after the Yadavs among the politically dominant OBC in

from the beginning had carved out a strong support base in his own OBC Kurmi caste and the Kushwaha caste, popularly called as "Luv and Kush".

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 18:30 IST