Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday broke his silence on reports that by not considering his party in the cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had snubbed him.
Kumar said that the issue of his party JD(U) joining the union cabinet had been “media speculation”.
“We neither considered the issue nor we had any desire or expectation (to join the union cabinet). The issue was being speculated in media. It was baseless and unfounded,” Kumar, also the JD(U) president, was quoted by news agency PTI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday carried out a cabinet reshuffle involving only ministers from BJP.
Speculation was rife that the two MPs of JD(U), which has recently joined NDA after severing ties with ruling Grand Alliance in Bihar, may join the cabinet in the reshuffle.
“Your (media) speculation has been proved wrong and you should close the chapter,” Kumar added.
Stating that he works in a transparent manner, he said one can straightaway ask him about the party’s affairs as he is ready to answer such questions. The chief minister on Saturday also said there was no talk between his party and BJP about JD(U) joining the union cabinet.
Kumar also took potshot at his former alliance partner and the RJD chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav, calling him “unemployed.”
“You have to understand Laluji. He’s in the habit of keeping them in the pocket but he feels that there are some Congress leaders who are refusing to do this and so he is floating such stories to demoralise them. We have nothing to do with all this. We are committed to the development of Bihar,” Kumar said today.
To a question on when the party would take action against rebel leader Sharad Yadav, Kumar said, “We will let you know at an appropriate time. But till then, don’t speculate.