Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav and four other MLAs were among the nearly 31 MLAs who were sworn in on Tuesday as ministers in Bihar's new cabinet as part of chief minister Nitish Kumar.
The 31 ministers inducted into the cabinet today hail from various parties that are part of Mahagathbandhan or the Grand Alliance, including the Congress.
The Bihar cabinet can have up to 36 ministers, including the Chief Minister. Some ministerial berths will be kept vacant for future cabinet expansion.
Nitish Kumar had broken away from the BJP and formed a government with the RJD and other parties earlier this month. The Chief Minister and his deputy - RJD's Tejashwi Yadav - took oath on August 10.
The Bihar Grand Alliance has a combined strength of 163. Its effective strength climbed to 164 after Independent MLA Sumit Kumar Singh extended its support to Nitish Kumar.
The new government will prove its majority in the Bihar assembly on August 24.