“Do not buy new cars, do not allow older party leaders or well-wishers to touch your feet, and focus on good behaviour,” said Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday, while issuing a set of instructions for ministers of his party, days after Cabinet expansion in Bihar.
Tejashwi, who is the son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, said, “No ministers of the RJD will buy new vehicles in their departments.” He asked RJD ministers not to let older party leaders or well-wishers touch their feet. “Instead of touching feet, they should greet people with namaste or aadab,” he added.
In another instruction, he asked RJD ministers to have good behaviour towards people and talk with a positive attitude. “The RJD ministers will not discriminate on the basis of caste or religion, and will take note of complaints of the poor and the marginalized on priority and help them,” he underlined. He further asked the RJD ministers to end the practice of accepting bouquets as gifts and instead promote giving or taking books or pens.
The RJD leader also asked the party’s ministers to maintain honesty, transparency, promptness, and quick implementation of projects. He asked all ministers to promote the development works of the Chief Minister and their departments continuously on social media so that the public can get positive information about every initiative.
The Bihar Cabinet was expanded on August 16. The RJD got more berths as compared to the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), with the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar retaining the key portfolios of home, vigilance and personnel — departments that oversee law and order, and administration.
A total of 31 ministers (excluding CM and deputy CM) were inducted into the Cabinet with 16 from the RJD, 11 from the JD (U), two from the Congress, and one from former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and one Independent.
Tejashwi took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar for the second time on August 10 along with Nitish as Chief Minister, after both parties decided to come together. Nitish had ditched the Bharatiya Janata Party as its alliance partner in the state after a gap of five years after quitting the Grand Alliance in 2017, just two years after it came to power.