PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is hugely displeased and disappointed at the way his party, the JD-U, was cod-shouldered during the cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, media reports said today.
Reports quoting local media said the chief minister was hopeful of getting at least two berths for his men in the Modi cabinet but was not given invitation to join it.
The JD-U has two members in the Lok Sabha and seven in the Rajya Sabha.
What’s further embarrassing, the JD-U was not given even the invitation to attend the swearing-in function of the Modi ministers, media reports said.
The cold-shouldering of the JD-U assumes significance as the party had joined the NDA only last month.
Prior to that the JD-U dumped RJD chief Lalu Prasad to form government with the BJP but now it looks like his whole calculation has gone wrong.
But, right now Nitish Kumar has no option other than facing the “tortures” of the BJP since all his escape routes are closed now. If he walks out of the NDA, this will convey another wrong message in the society.
Even if he comes out, the JD-U will not get the support of the RJD and the Congress while past records show the JD-U has suffered disaster whenever it has gone it alone in the elections.
“Joining the NDA doesn’t mean becoming a Union minister. We are here to serve the nation. We have good coordination with the NBJP,” JD-U MP Santosh Kushwaha told the media on Sunday.
Kushwaha was one of the JD-U leaders whose name was doing the rounds for the past one week as a probable inclusion in the Modi cabinet.