Nitish Kumar stresses on ‘proportional representation’; says ‘alliance for Bihar’s Progress not for Cabinet Berth’

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)‘s Bihar ally JD-U Chief Nitish Kumar on Friday ruled out the possibilities of joining Narendra Modi-led Cabinet. Reportedly Bharatiya Janata Party Chief and newly appointed Home Minister Amit Shah had called Bihar Chief Minister asking him to reconsider his decision over joining the Cabinet.

Revealing the details JD-U Chief said he don’t want to join the Cabinet for mere representation by getting a single berth in the Cabinet.

However, he added that he will continue to support the Bharatiya Janata Party government at Centre.

BJP has its majority on its own, there should not be any worry he said.

‘Early this morning I received a called from Bharatiya Janata Party Chief and I told him that I have already informed Bhupendra Yadav (BJP, General Secretary) about the decision.

‘When I was told one ministerial berth will be given to JD(U), I said we don’t need it but I’ll ask my party. I asked everyone, they said it’s not appropriate that we show only symbolic participation when we’re together. We’re together, not upset’, Kumar said as quoted by ANI.

Kumar added, ‘We are together, Our alliance is for the development of Bihar and not representation, he said while adding that Yadav held a meeting last night after the swearing-in ceremony of the all 57 Ministers and PM Narendra Modi.

Asserting his wish that Party should get a more number of seats in Cabinet, Kumar said if at all JD-U’s representation is necessary then it should be based on the proportion in Bihar.

He said, ‘I am seeing reports in newspapers that we had asked for 3 berths, this is false. We had not asked for any berth’.

Commenting on the proportional in Bihar, Kumar said, ‘There should be proportional representation’ in the Cabinet. He further said that we are with BJP with zero MP of ours in the Cabinet.

Nitish Kumar had earlier on May 29 met Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah in New Delhi.

READ: Nitish Kumar in Delhi to attend JD(U) Office Bearers meet; walks in to meet BJP Chief Amit Shah

Janata Dal (United) contested the national polls in an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party. It has bagged 16 out of 17 contested Seat in Bihar that has a total of 40 Lok Sabha Seats. Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP was also an alliance partner of BJP and JD-U in Bihar.

LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan has been inducted in the Cabinet and will held the portfolio of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Alliance in the state swept polls by bagging 39 Seats out of the 40 Lok Sabha Seats. RJD who led the opposition alliance comprising  Congress, RLSP,  Jitan Ram Manjhi‘s HAM, among others faced a humiliating defeat in the national polls concluded on May 23.

The five-party alliance managed to get only one seat of Kishanganj. Dr. Mohammad Jawed of Congress won Kishanganj seat with a margin of 34,466 votes.

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