Taking a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) not finding a berth in Sunday morning’s Union Cabinet expansion, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav stated that one who betrays his people won’t be taken in by others.
Lalu said, “The JD(U) didn't even get an invitation to the oath ceremony. One who leaves his people won't be taken in by others. It's Nitish Kumar's fate.” He added that the BJP cocked a snook at turncoat (palturam) Nitish by not indicting anyone from the JD(U) in the Cabinet.
He further suggested that former Bihar chief minister and pro-Dalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi should have been given a place in the Cabinet.
Dressed in new kurta-pyjama and bundis (sleeveless jackets), some JD (U) leaders had reached Delhi in the hope of getting a place in Modi’s council but were left high and dry, Prasad added.
There was speculation of JD(U) members getting a place in PM’s council of ministers after Nitish Kumar resigned as the CM of Bihar in July.
Meanwhile, a top leader of the JD (U), considered close to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, claimed there was absolutely no differences with the BJP or within the party over joining the Union Cabinet.
“Nitish Kumar was open to considering the proposal of joining the Cabinet, but he himself said that there was no consensus within other the constituents of the NDA till last minute. Shiv Sena was perhaps demanding more share in the government and AIADMK in Tamil Nadu was also far from stable. These are the reasons why the PM and Amit Shah chose to limit the reshuffle within BJP,” the JD (U) leader was quoted saying.