JD(U) stays out of Modi Cabinet

PTI

File Photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

File Photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

BJP ally JD(U) to stay out of the new Narendra Modi government, in what appears to be a sign of differences with the BJP over the number of ministerial berth offered to it.

“We are not joining the government. This is our decision,” Varma, who is also the general secretary of the Janata Dal (United), told PTI.

The BJP was offering one cabinet berth to the JD(U) and sources said the regional party was also unhappy with the portfolio offered to it.

The JD(U), which is headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, was not a part of the first Modi government as well. It had allied with the saffron party in 2017 but had not joined the government.

There was no comment from the BJP over the development.

(PTI)