The return of “Mahagathbandhan” to power in Bihar seems to have raised personal ambitions in the Congress that lay on the ground.
Chhatrapati Yadav, Khagaria Sadar’s MLA, has shot a letter to Congress’ high command demanding that he be considered for a seat in the new cabinet led by Prime Minister Nitish Kumar on the grounds of his caste.
“I have written a letter to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, formally requesting me to be considered, as my inclusion in the Cabinet will send a strong message among the OBCs, especially the Yadavs. I am the only Yadav MLA of the party in Bihar,” he told reporters.
Mr Yadav said he also mentioned his family tree in the letter.
“My late father Rajendra Prasad Yadav had served in the cabinet led by three prime ministers, Bindeshwari Dubey, Bhagwat Jha Azad and Jagannath Mishra,” he said.
With the left-wing parties, which together have 16 MLAs, deciding to support the government from the outside, the 19-member Congress is expected to get four ministerial berths, according to sources in the new ruling alliance.
However, the chairman of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee, Madan Mohan Jha, insisted that “the number and names are both determined by the high command. We are waiting for a message from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi”.
The cabinet, which currently consists only of the prime minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav as his deputy, will be expanded early next week.
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