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Modi Cabinet Bihar Minister: Bhumihar, Brahmin, OBC and Dalit… How Bihar’s Caste Equations Balanced in Modi Cabinet?

Nita Yadav

By Nita Yadav

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Lalan Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Under the leadership of Narendra Modi, the NDA has formed the government at the Center for the third time in a row and after ten years, the political threat of Bihar at the Center has increased. The number of Bihar ministers in the Modi cabinet has increased from six to eight. Modi government 3.O has made eight ministers from Bihar, 4 Cabinet and 4 Union Ministers of State have taken oath. 4 ministers have been made from BJP’s quota, while 4 ministerial posts have been given to allies. Two from JDU, one from LJP (R) and the lone MP from Ham Party, Jitanram Manjhi, have been made ministers. PM Modi has tried to strike a regional balance with Bihar’s caste equation, but the revolt of Rajputs against the NDA in South Bihar region has proved costly. Rajputs of Bihar did not get representation in Modi government 3.O.

Eight ministers have been inducted at the Center from Bihar, out of which four ministers have been inducted from the BJP quota. BJP veteran Giriraj Singh has been made a cabinet minister, while Nityanand Rai has become a minister of state for the second time. Raj Bhushan Chaudhary and Satish Chandra Dubey have been inducted as new faces in the Modi government 3.O and both BJP leaders have been sworn in as Ministers of State. Rajeev Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh became a cabinet minister from the JDU quota and Ramnath Thakur was sworn in as a minister of state. LJP president Chirag Paswan and Hindustan Awam Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi have become cabinet ministers in the Modi government.

Simple caste equation in Bihar

Among the eight Bihar leaders who have been made ministers in the Modi cabinet, upper castes, Dalits and extremely backward classes are being given equal share. Three ministers have been inducted from Other Backward Classes, including one from OBC and two from Very Backward Classes. Two ministers have been made from the Dalit community, including both state Dalits and Mahadalits. The upper caste voters in Bihar are considered the BJP’s core vote bank, so the Modi government has two ministers from the Bhumihar community and one from the Brahmin community.

No Rajput or Kurmi community of Bihar got a place in the Modi cabinet. RK Singh has been a minister at the center in the last two tenures of the Modi government, but this time he lost the election from the Ara seat. Not a single Rajput MP has been included in the cabinet from the quota of any party like BJP, JDU or LJP. Not only this, the important Kushwaha and Kurmi communities could not find a place in the politics of Bihar.

Emphasis on Yadav and Very Backward Classes

To break the Yadav community, RJD’s main vote bank in the state, the BJP has once again inducted Nityananda Rai, who hails from the Yadav community, into the Modi cabinet. Nityananda Rai, who won from Ujiarpur seat in Bihar, was made a minister of state at the Centre. Nityananda Rai has been the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs during the tenure of the Modi government. The Yadav community constitutes about 16 percent of the population in Bihar, which is why the BJP has gambled on solving the political equation by giving Nithyananda Rai a chance.

The Very Backward Classes play a crucial role in Bihar, constituting about 36 percent of the population. Rajya Sabha MP Ramnath Thakur, who is the son of former CM and Bharat Ratna Karpuri Thakur, is being made a minister from the JDU quota. Ramnath Thakur hails from the Barbar caste, a very backward class. Ramnath is a resident of Samastipur. Apart from this, Raj Bhushan Chaudhary is being made a minister from the BJP quota, who hails from the maritime community. Muzaffarpur Lok Sabha seat MP Raj Bhushan Choudhary is being made a minister at the Center for the first time on a BJP ticket.

Rajbhushan Chaudhary has left VIP and joined BJP. By making Rajbhushan a minister at the centre, the BJP has tried to keep the Mallah caste in line. By making Rajbhushan Choudhary a state minister, BJP has once again raised the importance of seafarers after 26 years. In Bihar, the OBC has a strong vote bank for the NDA. Nitish Kumar’s core vote bank is the extremely backward class. Bihar assembly elections are scheduled to be held in 2025. In such a situation, BJP and JDU have a strategy to keep the most backward class easy.

A scheme to educate the upper castes

In Bihar, upper castes are considered to be BJP’s core vote bank. So, this time three ministers from the upper caste community in Bihar have been inducted into the Modi government. Bhumihars have a very important role in Bihar, which has led to Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh being made a minister in the Modi cabinet from the JDU quota, while BJP leader Giriraj Singh is going to be part of the Modi government for the third time. . Both the leaders hail from the Bhumihar community and both have been made cabinet ministers.

Satish Chandra Dubey is being included as the new face of Bihar in the Modi cabinet. BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Satish Chandra Dubey has also got the post of Minister of State in the Modi Cabinet this time. Satish Dubey has been given political importance over Gopal G Thakur who won from Darbhanga Lok Sabha seat. Dubey will represent the BJP in Bihar as a Brahmin face. In Bihar, the Brahmin and Bhumihar communities are getting participation in the cabinet, but the Thakurs and Kayasth communities are not.

Strategies to help Dalits

Considering the Dalit politics of Bihar, two Dalit ministers have been made from the state in the third term of the Modi government. Chirag Paswan of LJP(R) and HAM Jitanram Manjhi have become cabinet ministers. LJP (R) president Chirag Paswan, who won from Hajipur, got a place in the Modi cabinet for the first time and party leader and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who won from the reserved seat of Gaya, got a place in the Modi cabinet. Modi also became a part of the cabinet. Chirag Paswan hails from the Paswan caste, while Jitanram Manjhi belongs to the Musahar community. In Bihar, the NDA has adopted a strategy of creating a political balance by including both major castes of Dalits in the Modi cabinet.

Simple assembly equations

Among the elected MPs in Bihar this time, there are 12 upper caste MPs while six MPs belong to the Dalit community. All these are elected from reserved seats. Two minority communities and remaining 20 MPs are elected from backward and very backward communities. In such situation, maximum seven MPs are from Yadav caste and six MPs are from Rajput caste. Bihar has been given political importance in the Modi government keeping in mind the political equation of Bihar and the assembly elections to be held in the state next year. The BJP has kept four ministers from its quota, but the Rajputs have been wiped out. In the previous government, RK Singh, a former bureaucrat and MP from Arah, was the power minister from the Rajput quota. However, the Modi government has tried to create strong social engineering in the name of Bhumihars, Brahmins, OBCs and Dalits.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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