The RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, has taken a potshot at Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar, for the alleged snub by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latest cabinet reshuffle.
Contrary to expectations, Modi chose not to accommodate anyone from Kumar’s JDU.
Speaking to ANI, Lalu said, “Nitish Kumar has accepted that he was not invited to swearing in ceremony. He has been shown his place by not being offered any ministry to his party. It’s a common practice. When a monkey falls off the tree from the group, he’s never accepted. The respect we gave him (Grand Alliance), he must realise that the BJP will not extend the same respect to him. One who leaves his people won’t be taken in by others. It’s Nitish Kumar’s fate.”
Lalu also tweeted, ”
झुंड से भटकने के बाद बंदर को कोई नहीं पुछता
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) September 3, 2017
“Some JD(U) leaders had got new Kurta Pyjama and Bundi stitched for the swearing-in ceremony, but the elusive invitation did not come,” Lalu was later quoted as saying.
Before leaving for BRICS summit in China, Modi expanded his cabinet by bringing in nine new more new faces. They included six from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, but none were from the BJP’s alliance parties including the JDU.
Union Minister Uma Bharti has chosen to skip the swearing in ceremony giving rise to many speculations. She tweeted to clarify that her programme in her constituency was scheduled in advance.
Union Railways Minister, Suresh Prabhu, who has been under fire for not being able to tackle the issue of train safety, tweeted indicating that he had resigned.