Kept out of Nitish Cabinet, Kushwaha, Manjhi upset

The sources said RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha was upset over denial of ministerial berth to his party MLA Sudhanshu Shekhar and HAM (S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi was livid that his son Santosh Suman was not considered.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: July 31, 2017 3:32 am
Nitish Kumar cabinet, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar , RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha , HAM (S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, Bihar news, Indian Express LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan with Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Kumar Paras at Nitish Kumar’s residence on Sunday. (PTI)

A DAY after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inducted 26 ministers in his Cabinet, the first hints of rumblings in the NDA emerged on Sunday with sources saying that junior allies RLSP and HAM(S) were upset at being kept out. The sources said RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha was upset over denial of ministerial berth to his party MLA Sudhanshu Shekhar and HAM (S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi was livid that his son Santosh Suman was not considered.

Manjhi, who is in Delhi, gave the example of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother Pashupati Kumar Paras, who was made a minister despite not being a member of either Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council to make his case. Paswan reportedly had cleared Paras’s name with the central BJP leadership.

Sources told The Indian Express that Kushwaha had asked for two berths but the BJP said that the LJP and RLSP, which have two MLAs each, can get only one minister each. “Kushwaha reconciled to the BJP formula and sent the name of party MLA Sudhanshu Shekhar but CM Nitish Kumar said no to it. Nitish was probably upset at Kushwaha showing his discomfort over his re-entry into NDA,” said a source. Nitish was open to RLSP MLC Sanjeev Shyam Singh being made a minister but Kushwaha insisted on Sudhanshu’s name, the source added. Kushwaha could not be contacted.

Kushwaha, who has not gone public with his displeasure yet, may not enjoy great comfort with Nitish returning to the NDA as a senior ally. Both he and Nitish share the same social base. “Nitish Kumar would not allow Kushwaha the space he used to enjoy in NDA. Though Kushwaha may recalibrate his strategy in the oversized NDA, the next few months would give a better picture of how he reacts,” said another source.

Former CM Manjhi, the lone HAM(S) MLA, reportedly wanted a ministerial berth for his son Santosh Suman but the BJP flatly refused as it would mean giving an MLC position to Santosh Suman. An upset Manjhi left for Delhi to take up his case with the BJP central leadership.

Sources said Manjhi can at best get a Governor post after some time. “But BJP cannot accommodate both father and son. Had he proved his worth in 2015 Assembly elections, it would have been possible,” said a BJP leader. Manjhi’s party, which contested 22 seats, won only one. Manjhi, who won from Imamganj, had lost the other seat he contested — Maqdumpur.

The LJP, which could win only two seats in the last Assembly election, however, was treated better by BJP, which agreed to give MLC seat to Paswan’s brother and LJP state president Pashupati Kumar Paras. The LJP picked Paras ahead of its two MLAs.

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  1. Pais Hilary
    Jul 31, 2017 at 1:25 pm
    Do not criticise the central BJP leadership.
    1. V
      Jul 31, 2017 at 11:10 am
      Shame to Nitish Kumar for sold his etternal consequence fr free to BJP.. Death to such politician who live up to their greed politics only want CM or PM Seat by hook or crook .. Corrupt Lalu is better than Nitish if one ask me he not sold hte mandate of peoples and sol the respect of biharis janta... Shame to JD(U)... for such low level of politics...
      1. T
        Jul 31, 2017 at 9:35 am
        aur yeh sab bosadeywale Bihar ko pragarti key raastey le jaayenge Feku56-Tadpaar Amit key chattar chayaa mein
        1. N
          Jul 31, 2017 at 8:36 am
          End of Nitish is imminent. he may not survive with Dhoogi and Kautilya and will be crushed under Goondaraj of Saffronism.
          1. Yavanshatru Singh
            Jul 31, 2017 at 6:12 am
            On joining Hindutv forces Nitish cannot be pressurised by these petty politicians. He now represents public aspirations. Sooner or later Amit Shah will break RJD. For such politicians earning Money is the sole motive. When top brass of RJD is proved to be engaged in corruption what can be expected from MLAs
            1. B
              Jul 31, 2017 at 10:34 am
              Bhai saab, pranaam. Aap bahut rashtravadi lagte hain lekin Chattisgarh ke mantri ki sowbhagyavati ko bhool gayen kya? Aanken kholiye, dimag apne aap khul jayega.
              1. S
                Jul 31, 2017 at 11:20 am
                You are right.Religious,Muscle and Money power of Suwarna Party BJP will make it impossible for parties of Dalits, OBC'S, Yadavas,Minorities, SC/ST to even come closer to Nitishji.Nitishji is the best of all politicians, Till yesterday He was naming M00dyji,Amitji as BAHARWALAS, Majhi as backstabber, Paswan as anti Bihari, Today sitting in their Lap for protection against CBI.Jai ho Nitishji.
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