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Cabinet reshuffle: JD(U) says it won't join Modi's ministry

06 September, 2017, 11:58 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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On Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government revamped the Council of Ministers in the third Cabinet reshuffle in as many years. The amount, Rs 5 crore, is exactly what the Chief Minister had spurned in 2010 - money sent by Narendra Modi, who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat, after yet another flood in Bihar. It may well be a matter of time before some leaders from JDU and AIADMK find their way in Modi's ministry.

Tyagi also downplayed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Yadav's remarks ridiculing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said that the latter is famous for making frivolous comments. "No talks were held on the issue (between the BJP and JD (U))", he said.

While a section of the party leadership in Delhi maintained that the Bihar chief minister was not happy with the berths offered and negotiations had failed, another section said that Mr Kumar in his inimical style took a conscious decision not to join the Union Cabinet in order to keep at bay differences within his party over who should get a ministerial position at the Centre.

Nitish Kumar has finally broken his silence on why no leader from his party was given space in the Modi's cabinet on Sunday.

Kumar had yesterday said his party had not been invited to join the Modi government nor was it consulted about the recast its recast.




"Nitish Kumar is travelling in two boats and gets caught by his own cleverness...some of his party leaders had even got new kurta-payjama and Bundi (jacket) for the swearing-in ceremony".

JD (U) has termed the recent activities of the rebel leader as anti party. He also took a dig at Mr Kumar for calling RJD chief Mr Prasad darling of media by asking him to tell whether he was darling of BJP or RSS.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet rejig saw the promotion of as many as four Ministers of State to the rank of Cabinet ministers. "Now that it has been proved that media speculation was baseless and unfounded, please close this chapter", said Nitish.

"The JD (U) may find a place in the Union Cabinet later", said political observer Ajay Kumar. RJD and Congress have been mocking Nitish ever since he walked out of the grand alliance to form a new government with BJP in Bihar in July.

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