Patna: Nitish Kumar took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the seventh time and fourth straight term this afternoon, along with 14 other ministers during the swearing-in ceremony.

His new deputies - BJP's Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi - were among those who took oath today at the event that was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda and Bihar election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis.

Fourth term Katihar MLA Tarkishore Prasad was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, a day after he was named the BJP legislature party leader on Sunday. Renu Devi also took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. 

Four JDU leaders — Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Vijendra Prasad Yadav, Ashok Choudhary, and Mewa Lal Choudhary — take oath as cabinet ministers. 

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Santosh Kumar Suman, son of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, Mukesh Sahni of Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), Bihar BJP leaders Mangal Pandey and Amarendra Pratap Singh took oath as cabinet ministers. 

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami wished Nitish Kumar a successful tenure.

The BJP had, from the beginning of the election campaign, had maintained that Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Ministerial candidate for the NDA government in the state.

The NDA won the state election last week with a wafer-thin majority and got 125 of Bihar's 243 assembly seats, three above the halfway mark. The NDA's campaign hinged largely on speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited the state at least four times during the month-long poll campaign and was seen sharing stage with Nitish Kumar.