JD(U) Will Not Join Modi Government
File photo of PM Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. (Photo: PTI)

JD(U) Will Not Join Modi Government

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Bharatiya Janata Party ally Janata Dal (United), will not join the new Narendra Modi government, its spokesperson Pavan Varma said , in what appears to be a sign of differences with the saffron party over the number of ministerial berths offered to it.

"We are not joining the government. This is our decision," Varma, who is also the general secretary of the JD(U) 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.

However, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that there was no bad blood between the parties.

The JD(U), which is headed by 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.

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