New Delhi: Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi government, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar said his party would not be a part of the new Cabinet. (Catch LIVE Action of Modi Swearing-in Here) Also Read - Manmohan Singh Writes to PM Modi on COVID-19 Crisis; His 5 Suggestions to Battling The Pandemic
Media reports suggest that the party was being offered just one Cabinet berth which upset the NDA ally. Speaking to media, Kumar said, “We were given a symbolic representation, it is not acceptable to us. We are intimate with the NDA and there are no hard feelings. What the BJP proposed was not acceptable to our party. I met Amit Shah and Bhupendra Yadav also and I had made them aware of the fact as to what our party felt towards their decision.” Also Read - BJP Leaders From Outside Campaigning in Bengal Responsible For COVID-19 Surge: Mamata Banerjee
In Lok Sabha elections, the NDA won 39 of the 40 seats in Bihar of which JD(U) got 16, just one seat less than the BJP, so it is likely that the party was expecting more at the Centre. Also Read - PM Modi Reviews COVID-19 Surge, Calls For Close Co-ordination With States & Ramping Up Vaccine Production
Earlier reports had suggested that JD(U) leader Ramchandra Prasad Singh might be offered a ministerial berth.
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