JD(U) to join NDA? three Cabinet berths on offer

A day after me­­e­ting Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Amit Shah stated that the JD (U) has formally been invited to join the NDA.

Published: 12th August 2017 10:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2017 09:39 AM   |  A+A-

Nitish Kumar with PM Modi

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: With the JD (U) bracing up to jo­­­­ining the NDA government at the Centre, the Cabinet ex­pansion and reshuffle is likely to happen in the immediate fut­­ure. A day after me­­e­ting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, BJP chief Amit Shah stated that the JD (U) has formally been invited to join the NDA.

With the national executive me­­eting of the JD (U) slated for Au­­­gust 19, speculation is rife that the Cabinet expansion may take pl­ace in the later this mo­­­nth. “The JD (U) will formally pass a resolution du­ring the national executive m­e­­­e­ting in Patna to join the NDA. Shah has been told that the party will share the names of the MPs who could join the council of ministers headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” sources said.

Nitish Kumar loyalists and Ra­jya Sabha MPs — RCP Singh, Ra­m Nath Thakur and Har­i­vansh —  are fav­o­u­­ri­t­e­s to join the join the Cabinet. “The CM is of clear vi­­­ew th­at the party nominees in the NDA government will not be ch­­­­osen on the basis of caste consid­erations. He has taken care of such concerns in the Bihar cou­n­cil of ministers. Nitish wants pe­­r­f­o­r­m­e­rs to be in the Modi gover­nment, who can earn good names for the party,” sources added.

While R C P Singh is the new leader of the JD (U) in place of dissident Sharad Yadav and two terms Rajya Sabha MP, Ram Nath Thakur is a former Bihar minister and also the son of former state chief minister Karpoori Thakur. Harivansh is a journalist turned politician and a first term Rajya Sabha MP. The JD (U) has 10 Rajya Sabha MPs and two in the Lok Sabha.

“It has emerged that the JD (U) will get one Cabinet rank portfolio, one ministry with independent charge and another of the minister of state (MoS) rank,” sources said.

Incidentally, Sharad Yadav was the NDA convenor before the Bihar chief minister snapped alliance with the BJP in 2013. The BJP is keen to rope in Nitish Kumar in an important role in the NDA.

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