Nitish’s `return gift’ to Modi with cabinet expansion

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today given a fitting `return gift’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who refuse to accommodate more than one person from his  party in the union cabinet, by inducting as many as eight new ministers in his cabinet, all from the JD(U). Allies BJP and LJP were left out of the cabinet expansion.

After the cabinet expansion, Nitish Kumar said the BJP was offered a berth  but it was not too keen. Bihar deputy CM and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi seconded Kumar and said the party was indeed offered a berth. “The BJP decided to fill it in future,” Sushil Modi tweeted.

The Bihar cabinet expansion came just two days after Nitish Kumar opted out of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government after disagreement over berths. The JD(U) was offered a single berth in the Union cabinet but Kumar refused it saying that representation should be proportional to the strength of the parties in Parliament.

In an apparent swipe at his alliance partner, Nitish Kumar said, “No one should have any confusion that the victory which was registered by NDA in Bihar is the victory of the people of Bihar. If somebody is claiming that this is his personal victory, then they are delusional.’’

The JD(U) chief was present for the oath-taking ceremony of PM Modi and his ministers on forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

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