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Nitish Kumar's new Cabinet has 22 tainted ministers, 3 more than his old govt, reveals report

New Delhi: More than three-fourths of the ministers in Bihar's new government have criminal cases against them, higher than what it was in the previous 'grand alliance' Cabinet, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) stated.

Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar for the sixth time on 27 July. AFP

Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar for the sixth time on 27 July. AFP

According to the report, 22 out of 29 ministers in the present government have criminal cases against them, while in the previous Cabinet, 19 out of 28 ministers had cases registered against them.

The report was prepared after an analysis of the self-sworn affidavits of the 29 ministers, including the chief minister by the Bihar Election Watch and ADR. It stated that out of the 22 ministers who have declared to have criminal cases, nine have declared to have serious criminal cases against themselves.

While nine ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between class 8 and 12 pass, 18 are graduates or have higher degrees.

Also, there is only one woman minister in the new Cabinet compared to two in the previous one, the report stated.

The number of crorepatis in the new Nitish Kumar-led Cabinet has also come down marginally, to 21 from 22 in the previous one. The average assets of 29 ministers is Rs 2.46 crore, the report said.

On 26 July, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar had resigned as Chief Minister of Bihar, ending the two-year-old alliance with the Lalu Prasad-led RJD, but joined hands with the BJP to reclaim the government the next day.

He was again sworn in as the chief minister, with BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi as his deputy.

Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 20:39 PM

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