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The largest alliance partner, RJD, has its eyes on critical positions like the speaker of Bihar


The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is likely to get the lion’s share in the Bihar cabinet as it joined hands with the Janata Dal-United on Tuesday and staked claim to form the government, soon after chief minister Nitish Kumar severed ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party, people familiar with the development said.

This time around, the RJD is more circumspect in dealing with Kumar, and party leader Tejashwi Yadav’s political maturity is also reflected in the way Kumar was made to reach out to the RJD.

With RJD’s 79 seats and 45 of JD(U), the numbers add up for the majority mark in the 243-member state’s legislative assembly. However, the grand alliance has plenty more to offer, with Congress’s 19 seats and the three Left parties with cumulative 16 legislators.

Being the largest party in the alliance, the RJD is likely to call the shots in the new cabinet at the cost of allowing Kumar’s continuance in the CM’s chair. “It is natural the RJD would have the lion’s share in the Cabinet, but it will also stake claim to key portfolios, including finance and home department,” said a senior RJD leader, wishing not to be named. “Nitish Kumar has always kept home with himself. The speaker’s post is also likely to go to the RJD, just as it was with the BJP thus far.”

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