Tit-for-tat? Nitish Kumar excludes ally BJP in cabinet expansion days after PM Modi offered just one seat to JDU in his cabinet

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday excluded ally BJP in his fresh cabinet expansion as he inducted eight more faces, all from his own party, the Janata Dal United. This came just days after Kumar was left red-faced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s refusal to allocate more than one ministry to the JDU in his cabinet at the Centre. Incensed over the offer, the JDU had refused to allow any of its MPs to join the Modi cabinet.

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Apparently, Kumar had offered one seat to the BJP, which reportedly wasn’t very ‘keen’ to join the state cabinet. Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader, Sushil Kumar Modi, took to Twitter to dispel speculations of rift between the two alliance partners as he wrote, “Nitish Kumar has offered Bjp to fill the vacant ministerial seat.Bjp decided to fill it in future.”



However, the rift became more apparent after both parties skipped each other’s iftar functions in Patna.


The new ministers inducted into the cabinet are Narendra Narayan Yadav, Shyam Rajak, Ashok Choudhary, Bima Bharti, Sanjay Jha, Ram Sewak Singh, Niraj Kumar and Lakshmeshwar Rai. They were administered the oath of office and secrecy at a function at the Raj Bhavan in Patna by Governor Lalji Tandon.

Three vacancies in the Bihar cabinet had arisen due to the election of three ministers to the Lok Sabha in the just-concluded elections. They are Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav and LJP’s Bihar unit chief and Animal and Fisheries Resources Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras.

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