Nitish Kumar breaks silence on no-berth to JD(U) in Modi cabinet
Patna: Downplaying the taunt of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that there was not any plan to include Janata Dal (United) in the reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers that took place on Sunday.
Nitish Kumar also rapped media for not verifying the facts before circulating any news.
It may be recalled that making fun of the Bihar CM, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had said, "He did not even get invites for today's swearing-in," adding, "One who betrays his own people will not be taken in by others."
It is worth mentioning that Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) had joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) about two weeks ago, and speculations were rife that at least two of his ministers might be included in the revamped Modi cabinet.
PM Modi, however, inducted nine new faces to his cabinet, all from BJP.
As per the sources close to the Bihar Chief Minister, he had expressed disappointment over "no call from PM Modi" to discuss changes in the government.
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"There was no talk, no thought at all. If you are going to speculate, at least ask the JD(U) first; our way of working is transparent," said Kumar, rubbishing the rumours of plans of joining the central government in this round.
Earlier in July this year, Nitish Kumar had snapped ties with the Grand Alliance which included Lalu Yadav's RJD and the Congress in Bihar, and had accepted support of BJP to from a new government in the state.
In August, his party joined National Democratic Alliance. It is worth mentioning that Janata Dal (United) has two Lok Sabha MPs and 10 members in the Rajya Sabha.
There are reports that there is another Union cabinet expansion in the offing to include the BJP allies in the NDA-led government.