PATNA: After emerging as the single largest party in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the recent Bihar Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to overhaul the leadership with a new team of leaders in the state. The NDA government came to power in Bihar with a clear majority in the assembly elections as against the Opposition Grand Alliance.
The new NDA government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar includes two Deputy Chief Ministers, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, for the first time in the state.
The BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi was made the Deputy Chief Minister and worked as a close aide to CM Nitish Kumar in the previous NDA government in the state. But this time Modi has been replaced by two Deputy CMs Tarkishore Prasad, a BJP MLA from Katihar, and Renu Devi, a legislator from Bettiah.
The NDA secured 125 seats in the recent Bihar Assembly elections of which the BJP won 75, JD-U 43 and four seats each were won by NDA allies — Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP).
The party is now planning to revamp the leadership by replacing the old guard with a young team of leaders. Apart from Sushil Modi, Nandkishore Yadav, who was the Road Construction Minister in the previous NDA government, and Dr Prem Kumar, Agriculture Minister, have been sidelined.
There was speculation over Nandkishore Yadav being elected as Speaker of the Bihar Assembly but BJP MLA Vijay Kumar Sinha's name was floated and he was eventually elected Speaker on November 25. (IANS)