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Another reshuffle may be held for NDA allies

According to sources, the JD(U) was hoping for at least two berths in the Union Council of Ministers — a Cabinet Minister, and a Minister of State.

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | New Delhi | Updated: September 4, 2017 7:19 am
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WHILE THE reshuffle on Sunday was limited to BJP members, highly-placed sources in the Narendra Modi government said another reshuffle was likely to take place soon to accommodate NDA allies, including the AIADMK and Janata Dal (United). According to sources, the JD(U) was hoping for at least two berths in the Union Council of Ministers — a Cabinet Minister, and a Minister of State. “We would respond in a positive way if we get an offer in a respectable manner,” JD(U) secretary-general K C Tyagi told The Indian Express.

Meanwhile, targeting the BJP for ignoring its allies, the Shiv Sena said the NDA is “almost dead”. “The NDA is in a state of coma… it is almost dead,” said Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena parliamentary party leader and Saamana executive editor. “The BJP remembers us only when it needs our support for a presidential or vice-presidential election, or, for passing a constitutional amendment in Parliament,” he added.

“It was different during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime, when allies used to be summoned for sorting out all important issues. The reshuffle is a game of numbers. It is a majority-party rule and they (BJP) can do what they want. We neither asked for anything, nor did we expect anything,” he said. Asked if the party was disappointed over the reshuffle, Raut replied: “What disappointment? We did not expect any invite from the BJP to nominate one more person for induction into the ministry.”

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  1. M
    Sep 4, 2017 at 8:58 am
    case of sour grapes
    1. X
      Sep 4, 2017 at 8:40 am
      Modiji and Amit Shah made a tamasha of Nitish Kumar. Thats the end of Nitish.
      1. C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
        Sep 4, 2017 at 8:21 am
        NDA is in a coma.....Says Sena. Shiv Sena bites more than it can chew.Their ruffian way of dealing with BJP won't bear fruits. Sena which is already in ICU will be dead if they don't change their approach
        1. S
          Shafted mohammed
          Sep 4, 2017 at 6:49 am
          I am happy that arrogant shiv Sean has been ignored as the way their chief has behaved so far. I feel in next election shiv sena would be completely washed out as they have not adapted to the times and still behave arrogantly.
          1. A
            Sep 4, 2017 at 6:34 am
            Raut Sahib, u mean Sena is dead. Look at Mumbai...... all flooded. No plans. Is this managing affairs to keep public secure, safe and healthy!!!!?????
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