Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal United likely to be part of Narendra Modi government at Centre; Cabinet reshuffle in offing

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Published: July 28, 2017 11:42:45 AM

In the wake of the latest development in Bihar, reports suggest that that JDU is likely to become a part of Narendra Modi led NDA government at Centre.

In the wake of the latest development in Bihar, reports suggest that that Nitish Kumar led JDU is likely to become a part of Narendra Modi led NDA government at Centre. (PTI)

Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar on Thursday forged an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in Bihar, marking his return to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fold. Kumar took the oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar, while BJP leader Sushil Modi was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state. In the wake of the latest development in Bihar, reports suggest that that JDU is likely to become a part of Narendra Modi led NDA government at Centre. According to ANI sources, Modi government may initiate a reshuffle by next month and JDU could get one Cabinet and one Minister of State (MoS) posts.

With various portfolios that are without full-time ministers, Indian Express quoted BJP sources as saying that a cabinet expansion is likely to take place. Former Union minister Venkaiah Naidu, who quit his post to contest the vice-presidential post, has left two key portfolios — Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting —without full-time ministers. Simultaneously, as Manohar Parrikar moved to Goa as the Chief Minister in March left the Defence Ministry without a full- time Cabinet minister. Along with that the death of Anil Dave in May caused a vacancy in the Environment Ministry as well. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan are holding the additional charge of Defence and Environment portfolios, respectively.

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Earlier, PM Modi had expanded his cabinet in November 2014 and July 2015. For now, neither BJP nor JDU has confirmed the news. A senior BJP leader, however, was quoted as saying that although they have not discussed the matter yet, but if Nitish Kumar wants, his party MPs could be inducted into the government.

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