India: For first time in history, no Muslim in Bihar ministry

  • When the 17th Bihar legislative assembly will meet for its maiden session on 23 Nov 20, there will be no member from the minorities, especially Muslim community, in the treasury benches.
  • It is for the first time in the post-independence history of Bihar legislative assembly that no minister from the Muslim community would be among the cabinet ministers.
  • All previous cabinets in Bihar, right from those headed by the first CM Shri Krishna Sinha to the last headed by Nitish Kumar himself, had at least one or more ministers from the Muslim community, old-timers recall.
  • Moreover, the three previous coalition governments of the BJP-JD(U) headed by Nitish also had representation from the Muslim community. Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad of JD(U) was the minority welfare minister in the last cabinet of Nitish. But Khurshid lost the recently concluded assembly polls from his Sikta seat.

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