Renu Devi From Extremely Backward Caste Becomes First Woman Deputy CM Of Bihar

Renu Devi First Deputy CM Of Bihar

BJP’s Renu Devi is now the first woman Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. She belongs to Noniya Caste (also known as Teli) which is identified as an Extremely Backward Caste of Bihar. It is for the first time that Bihar government will have two Deputy Chief Ministers alongside fourth straight time elected Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. While one is Renu Devi, the other deputy chief minister is Tarkishore Prasad of BJP.

Devi was elected as fifth Deputy CM in BJP legislature on Sunday, November 15, 2020. She took the oath on Monday, November 16, 2020, at the oath-taking ceremony held at Raj Bhawan in Patna. Renu Devi is being considered as a face of change in the male-dominated government of Bihar. Earlier PM Narendra Modi had credited the women voters for the victory of NDA as women voter turnout was more than men in two phases of the election. And now the appointment of a backward caste woman as Deputy CM is a significant move towards encouraging the gender-inclusivity in Bihar government. Devi has been elected as a Member of Legislative Assembly for the fourth time from Bettiah constituency. She acquired this seat after defeating Congress’ Madan Mohan Tiwari by a margin of 18,000 votes. She also served as the former Vice President of BJP and Sports and Culture minister in Nitish Kumar’s second-term cabinet between 2005-2009.

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The results of the three-phase Bihar Assembly Election were declared on November 10 and NDA emerged as the winner with 125 seats. Among the total winners in Bihar elections, 24 ministers belonging to Vaishya community. 15 of these ministers are from BJP. Moreover, a total of 19 ministers of the EBC community have won the election of which five are from BJP and nine from JDU. Nitish Kumar, the president of JDU, becomes the 23rd Chief Minister of Bihar.

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