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Nitish Kumar tones down the speculations around cabinet expansion

Patna | Bihar Chief Minister Nitish 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 state executive meeting of the JD(U) in September, Nitish Kumar had told party leaders that expansion of his cabinet was likely after Dussehra, which fell on October 19.

“I had said after Dussehra, which means before the one falling next year,” he said.

Nitish Kumar, who is also the national president of the Janata Dal (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 state disaster management authority.

Names of probable candidates that have been doing the rounds include JD(U) MLC and spokesman Neeraj Kumar and Ashok Choudhary, a former state Congress president and a powerful minister in the previous Grand Alliance government, who joined the Chief Ministers party earlier this year.

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