Cabinet expansion: No word from BJP, says Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray says the party has not received any communication from the BJP over the inclusion of its members in the Union cabinet expansion scheduled for Sunday
Mumbai: National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partner Shiv Sena has not received any communication from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the inclusion of its members in the Union cabinet expansion scheduled for Sunday, party chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday.
“I have got news about the cabinet expansion only from media. I have not enquired about it (from the central BJP leadership). I have neither received any communication from anybody nor are we hungry for power,” Thackeray told reporters here.
“Today everyone is busy with the cabinet expansion at the Centre. However, we are only busy about ensuring the (good) health of Mumbai citizens (after the deluge earlier this week,)” Thackeray told reporters in Mumbai.
The Sena chief said the party’s ideology for the last 50 years has been — 80% social work and 20% politics.
Though a long-time ally of the BJP, Sena has often been at loggerheads with the senior partner. Its lone member in the Union ministry is heavy industries minister Anant Geete.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled undertake a reshuffle of his council of ministers at 10 am on Saturday, a top government official said. It will be the third such exercise since he took office in May, 2014.
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