The Bihar Post

Nitish Kumar’s JD-U unlikely to join Narendra Modi cabinet as talks ‘crash’


PATNA: The ruling JD-U in Bihar headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar is unlikely to get representation in the Narendra Modi cabinet as the talks between the JD-U and the BJP have “failed”, media reports said today.

And, if that happened this will be the second biggest setback to the chief minister within a week—the first being the Prime Minister “avoiding” lunch with the chief minister in Patna and then announcing little relief package for Bihar flood victims last week. The cabinet expansion is to be carried out today.

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The chief minister Nitish Kumar himself told the media yesterday that he was not aware of the cabinet expansion and that any information regarding the JD-U joining the Modi cabinet reached him only from the media.

“So far, we have not got invitation from the PMO about joining the cabinet. This is the prerogative of the Prime Minister and we have nothing to comment,” JD-U’s spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan told a news channel on Saturday evening.

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As per reports, the JD-U was seeking two berths in the cabinet but the BJP offered only one.

The entire bargaining process further got caught in trouble after the Shiva Sena expressed anguish over undue weight being given to the JD-U despite the latter having less number in the parliament than the former.

“This is the matter related to central leadership; we can’t say anything over it. It’s the prerogative of the PM whom to induct and whom to fire,” remarked BJP leader Sanjay Tiger.

The development comes amid speculations that at least two leaders from the JD-U could be inducted into Modi cabinet.

The local media, for the past few days, had been strongly debating about who are the probable likely to join the Modi cabinet.

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