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Business News/ Politics / ‘Paswan got 5 MPs, yet…': Shiv Sena, NCP (Ajit Pawar) miffed for being denied a berth in Modi govt 3.0 cabinet?
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‘Paswan got 5 MPs, yet…': Shiv Sena, NCP (Ajit Pawar) miffed for being denied a berth in Modi govt 3.0 cabinet?

Modi 3.0 Cabinet: Shiv Sena and NCP factions in Maharashtra express discontent with the Modi government's allocation of Cabinet positions. Shiv Sena MPs criticize the biased selection process, while NCP pushes for a Cabinet berth over the MoS offer.

Eknath Shinde and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Ajit Pawar are miffed with the missed cabinet position in the newly formed Modi government, reports say.Premium
Eknath Shinde and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Ajit Pawar are miffed with the missed cabinet position in the newly formed Modi government, reports say.

Modi 3.0 Cabinet: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Ajit Pawar are miffed with the PM Narendra Modi government for not being allotted a cabinet position, according to reports. This indicates potential trouble brewing within the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies in Maharashtra.

Ajit Pawar's NCP, a constituent of the BJP-led Mahayuti alliance in Maharashtra, stood firm on their demand for a cabinet berth, rejecting the offer of a Minister of State position.

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Shrirang Barne, an MP of the Shiv Sena under Eknath Shinde's leadership, voiced dissatisfaction on Monday regarding the party's exclusion from the Cabinet in the recently formed government led by Narendra Modi. Barne also accused the selection process of being biased.

"We were expecting that Shiv Sena would get a Cabinet ministry, but even parties that won only one seat received Cabinet berths. For example, HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S), with two MPs, secured two berths, and Jitan Ram Manjhi, with one seat from Bihar, was also given a Cabinet berth," Shrirang Barne said, according to a PTI report.

Barne emphasized Shiv Sena's significant electoral gains in Maharashtra, securing seven out of 15 contested seats, while the BJP won nine out of 28. "Considering Shiv Sena's longstanding alliance with the BJP," he remarked, “We anticipated at least one Cabinet and one MOS berth." Barne alleged favouritism in allocating Cabinet positions, asserting that after JD(U) and TDP, Shiv Sena stands as the BJP's third most substantial ally.

“Chirag Paswan, whose party won five seats, was also given a Cabinet berth. But Shiv Sena got only one MOS berth. I personally feel that there is partiality against Shiv Sena. Considering that we will face assembly elections together in the next three months, it is expected that Sena should get fair treatment," he added.

Six MPs from Maharashtra were included in the recent expansion of the Modi 3.0 coalition government. The BJP secured four berths; its allies Shiv Sena and RPI (A)received one.

Notably, BJP MPs Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal retained their positions as cabinet ministers, while Raksha Khadse and first-time MP Murlidhar Mohol were sworn in as Ministers of State. Among the allies, RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale continued as an MoS with an independent charge, while Prataprao Jadhav joined as an MoS with an independent charge.

However, under Deputy CM Ajit Pawar's leadership, the NCP declined the MoS offer, insisting on a Cabinet berth for Rajya Sabha member Praful Patel, citing his extensive experience.

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Published: 10 Jun 2024, 06:29 PM IST
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