Bihar Legislative Council

Bihar Vidhan Parishad
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
6 years
Rajendra Arlekar
since 17 February 2023
Devesh Chandra Thakur, JD(U)
since 24 August 2022
Leader of the House
(Chief Minister)
Nitish Kumar, JD(U)
since 27 July 2017
Rabri Devi
since 16 February 2024
Seats75 (63 Elected + 12 Nominated)
Political groups
Government (50)
NDA (50)
  •   BJP (24)
  •   JD(U) (24)
  •   RLJP (1)
  •   HAM(S) (1)

Opposition (19)
MGB (18)

Others (6)

Vacant (1)

  •   Vacant (1)
Single transferable vote
Meeting place
Bihar Legislative Council, Patna, Bihar, India
Bihar Legislative Council

Bihar Legislative Council also known as Bihar Vidhan Parishad is the upper house of the bicameral Bihar Legislature of the state of Bihar in India.


A new Province of Bihar and Odisha was created by the Government of India on 12 December 1911. The Legislative Council with a total of 43 members belonging to different categories was formed in 1912. The first sitting of the Council was convened on 20 January 1913 at Patna College Bankipore. In 1920 Bihar and Orissa declared governor province, as per Government of India Act 1919. As per Government of India Act 1935 Bihar and Orissa was split into separate provinces of Bihar and Orissa. In 1936, [Bihar] attained its separate Statehood. Under the Government of India Act, 1919, the unicameral legislature got converted into bicameral one, i.e., the Bihar Legislative Council and the Bihar Legislative Assembly. Under the Government of India Act, 1935, the Bihar Legislative Council consisted of 29 members. On March 21, 1938, the session of the Bihar Legislative Council took place in a newly built building. On 1 April 1950, the secretariat of BLC started functioning. After the first General Elections 1952, the number of members was increased up to 72 and by 1958 the number was raised to 96. With the creation of Jharkhand, as a result of the Bihar Reorganisation Act, 2000 passed by the Parliament, the strength of the Bihar Legislative Council has been reduced from 96 to 75 members. Some veteran council members B. P. Mandal, Jagannath Mishra, Satyendra Narain Singh and Lalu Prasad Yadav have also served as Chief Minister of Bihar.


Bihar Legislative Council is a permanent body and not subject to dissolution. But as nearly as possible, one-third of the members thereof retire as soon as may be on the expiration of every second year. Members are now elected or nominated for six years and one-third of them retire every second year. The presiding officers of Vidhan Parishad are now known as Chairman and Deputy Chairman. Members of the upper house, the Legislative Council are indirectly elected through an electoral college. There are 27 Committees which are, at present, functional in the Council. Besides, there are three Financial Committees consisting of the members of the two Houses of the State Legislature.

Current members

Elected by Legislative Assembly Members (27)

Keys:   JD(U) (9)   RJD (7)   BJP (7)   INC (2)   HAM (1)

# Member Party Term start Term end
1 Rabindra Prasad Singh JDU 22-Jul-2022 21-Jul-2028
2 Afaque Ahmad Khan JDU 22-Jul-2022 21-Jul-2028
3 Ghulam Ghaus JDU 29-Jun-2020 28-Jun-2026
4 Bhishm Sahni JDU 29-Jun-2020 28-Jun-2026
5 Kumud Verma JDU 29-Jun-2020 28-Jun-2026
6 Nitish Kumar JDU 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
7 Rameshwar Mahto JDU 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
8 Khalid Anwar JDU 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
9 Sanjay Kumar Jha JDU 31-May-2019 06-May-2024
10 Munni Rajak RJD 22-Jul-2022 21-Jul-2028
11 Ashok Pandey RJD 22-Jul-2022 21-Jul-2028
12 Qari Sohaib RJD 22-Jul-2022 21-Jul-2028
13 Sunil Singh RJD 29-Jun-2020 28-Jun-2026
14 Farooq Shaikh RJD 29-Jun-2020 28-Jun-2026
15 Rabri Devi RJD 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
16 Ram Chandra Purve RJD 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
17 Hari Sahni BJP 22-Jul-2022 21-Jul-2028
18 Anil Sharma BJP 22-Jul-2022 21-Jul-2028
19 Samrat Chaudhary BJP 29-Jun-2020 28-Jun-2026
20 Sanjay Mayukh BJP 29-Jun-2020 28-Jun-2026
21 Mangal Pandey BJP 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
22 Sanjay Paswan BJP 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
23 Shahnawaz Hussain BJP 21-Jan-2021 06-May-2024
24 Samir Kumar Singh INC 29-Jun-2020 28-Jun-2026
25 Prem Chandra Mishra INC 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
26 Santosh Suman HAM 07-May-2018 06-May-2024
27 Vacant[1] 06-Feb-2024 28-Jun-2026

Elected from Local Authorities Constituencies (24)

Keys:   BJP (7)   RJD (6)   JD(U) (5)   INC (1)   RLJP (1)   IND (4)

# Constituency Member Party Term start Term end
1 Patna Kartikey Kumar RJD 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
2 Bhojpur Radhacharan Sah JDU 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
3 Gaya-Jehanabad-Arwal Rinku Yadav RJD 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
4 Nalanda Reena Yadav JDU 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
5 Rohtas-Kaimur Santosh Singh BJP 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
6 Nawada Ashok Yadav Ind 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
7 Aurangabad Dileep Singh BJP 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
8 Saran Sachchidanand Rai Ind 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
9 Siwan Vinod Jaiswal RJD 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
10 Darbhanga Sunil Chaudhary BJP 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
11 East Champaran Maheshwar Singh Ind 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
12 Muzaffarpur Dinesh Prasad Singh JDU 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
13 Vaishali Bhushan Ray RLJP 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
14 Samastipur Tarun Kumar BJP 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
15 West Champaran Saurabh Kumar RJD 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
16 Sitamarhi-Sheohar Rekha Devi JDU 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
17 Purnia-Araria-Kishanganj Dilip Kumar Jaiswal BJP 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
18 Bhagalpur-Banka Vijay Singh JDU 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
19 Munger-Jamui-Lakhisarai- Sheikhpura Ajay Kumar Singh RJD 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
20 Katihar Ashok Kumar Agrawal BJP 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
21 Saharsa-Madhepura-Supaul Ajay Singh RJD 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
22 Madhubani Ambika Gulab Yadav Ind 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
23 Gopalganj Rajeev Singh BJP 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028
24 Begusarai-Khagaria Rajeev Kumar INC 08-Apr-2022 07-Apr-2028

Elected from Graduates Constituencies (6)

Keys:  JD(U) (3)   BJP (2)   Independent (1)

# Constituency Member Party Term start Term end
1 Tirhut Devesh Chandra Thakur JDU 17-Nov-2020 16-Nov-2026
2 Patna Neeraj Kumar JDU 17-Nov-2020 16-Nov-2026
3 Koshi Narendra Kumar Yadav BJP 17-Nov-2020 16-Nov-2026
4 Darbhanga Sarvesh Kumar IND 17-Nov-2020 16-Nov-2026
5 Saran Virendra Narayan Yadav JDU 09-May-2023 08-May-2029
6 Gaya Awadhesh Narain Singh BJP 09-May-2023 08-May-2029

Elected from Teachers Constituencies (6)

Keys:  BJP (2)    JD(U) (1)   CPI (1)   INC (1)   Independent (1)

# Constituency Member Party Term start Term end
1 Patna Nawal Kishore Yadav BJP 17-Nov-2020 16-Nov-2026
2 Darbhanga Madan Mohan Jha INC 17-Nov-2020 16-Nov-2026
3 Saran Afaque Ahmad IND 06-Apr-2023 16-Nov-2026
4 Tirhut Sanjay Kumar Singh CPI 17-Nov-2020 16-Nov-2026
5 Koshi Sanjeev Kumar Singh JDU 09-May-2023 08-May-2029
6 Gaya Jeevan Kumar BJP 09-May-2023 08-May-2029

Nominated (12)

Keys:  BJP (6)   JD(U) (6)

# Member Party Term start Term end
1 Janak Ram BJP 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
2 Devesh Kumar BJP 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
3 Rajendra Prasad Gupta BJP 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
4 Pramod Kumar Chandravanshi BJP 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
5 Ghanshyam Thakur BJP 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
6 Nivedita Singh BJP 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
7 Ashok Choudhary JDU 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
8 Ram Bachan Rai JDU 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
9 Sanjay Kumar Singh JDU 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
10 Lallan Kumar Saraf JDU 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
11 Sanjay Singh JDU 17-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2027
12 Raj Vardhan Azad JDU 13-Oct-2023 16-Mar-2027

See also


  1. ^ "RJD MLC Rambali Singh Chandravanshi disqualified from Bihar Legislative Council". 6 February 2024.