Bihar education Minister Mewa Lal Choudhary resigned from the Nitish Kumar cabinet just hours after taking charge on Thursday following sharp criticism from the opposition over his inclusion despite charges of corruption against him. State minister and JD (U)’s state working president Ashok Choudhary has been given additional charge of the education ministry. Choudhary, JD (U) MLA from Tarapur, had taken oath as cabinet minister on Monday along with the other leaders. While all other ministers had taken charge of their departments in the past two days, Choudhary was yet to take charge. Ever since Choudhary became a minister, opposition parties started lashing out at chief minister Nitish Kumar over his inclusion in the cabinet. As vice chancellor of Bihar Agriculture University, he faced corruption charges in recruitment of assistant professors and construction of buildings at the university. In 2017, an inquiry was initiated against him on the request of BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and he was found guilty of the charges against him. The matter is still pending in court. Earlier, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had raised questions on “no compromise with corruption” claim of the CM. On Thursday, RJD workers protested in patna demanding Choudhary’s removal from the cabinet. On Wednesday morning, Choudhary met JD (U) state president Bashistha Narain Singh and later went to meet the CM in the evening. On Thursday morning, he went to take charge as education minister. After taking charge, he said he would send a defamation notice to those who were accusing him of wrongdoing. However, hours after taking charge he was called by the CM. After the meeting, he left for his residence and his resignation was sent to the Raj Bhavan and it was accepted by Governor Phagu Chauhan. JD (U) leaders later claimed that the resignation showed the CM’s policy of no tolerance of corruption. They demanded that RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav resign as well. “Mewa Lal ji has been accused of corruption and the matter is under judicial process and he hasn’t been charged. By his resignation, the good governance policy of Nitish Kumar has been established,” JD (U) leader Neeraj Kumar told. “Tejashwi Yadav is charge-sheeted under Section 420 and he should also resign as leader of RJD legislative party on moral ground.” Former deputy CM and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi tweeted, “Tejashwi should also resign as he is charge-sheeted in IRCTC scam and is currently on bail.” Yadav, however, termed Choudhary’s resignation a victory for the opposition. “With the mandate the people of Bihar have asked us to keep raising questions on your policies. Mere one resignation won’t do. We will keep raising the issues of employment and other public interests,” he said.