NEW DELHI: The homecoming of the JD (U) to the NDA is all set to hasten the Cabinet reshuffle, which is most likely to take place next month. The JD (U) is all set to get a minimum of two nominations in the council of ministers, with one of the Cabinet ranks.
With 10 members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha and two in the Lok Sabha, the BJP has dropped hints that the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will make his choices for the berths in the Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet.
While Kumar and the former party chief Sharad Yadav were among the prominent faces from the JD (U) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee led Cabinet, sources said that the Bihar chief minister will most likely opt for fresh names for the ministerial nominations at the Centre.
“Sharad Yadav, who is 70 years of age, is least likely to find favour of either Modi or the Bihar chief minister for a ministerial berth at the Centre. While the Rajya Sabha MP R C P Singh is amongst the favourite, the likes of Pavan Kumar Verma, K C Tyagi could be in the reckoning for the ministerial berths at the Centre,” sources said.
The NDA allies – Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) and the Rashtriya Loktantrik Samata Party (RLSP) – from Bihar have one each representation in the council of ministers at the Centre. The LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan is a cabinet minister, while the RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha is a minister of state.