The Modi cabinet is expanding at the Centre. JDU, which failed to join the Union Cabinet in 2019, is joining the cabinet this time. However, the party is on the back foot. This time too, JDU had to be content with just one seat. In 2019, angry about getting a seat in the Modi cabinet, CM Nitish Kumar refused to take a token share. From 2019 to 2021 came but PM Modi did not accept the demand of Nitish Kumar. This time too, JDU has to be satisfied with a ministerial post. Party's national president RCP Singh is joining the Union Cabinet.
Remember in 2019 the statement of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was the national president of JDU at that time. CM Nitish, who returned from Delhi, had clearly said at the Patna airport that a symbolic share in the Union Cabinet is not needed. Then Nitish Kumar had reacted saying that he was giving only one person from JDU in the cabinet. In such a situation, there would have been a symbolic participation of JDU in the government. He said that we told him that we do not need it. At Patna airport, Nitish Kumar had said that this is not a big issue and we are not sad.
After the attitude of Nitish Kumar in 2019, when the Union Cabinet is being expanded in 2021 today. This time the language of Nitish Kumar was completely changed. See the coincidence, even today at Patna Airport itself, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar talked about the number of ministers from JDU quota in the Union Cabinet expansion, but this time the Chief Minister's attitude of 2019 was missing. Today Nitish Kumar was completely on the back foot. When journalists questioned JDU's share in cabinet expansion, Nitish Kumar said that everything will be known in a while. He said that he will not decide from here.
Actually there is a big difference between 2019 and 2021. Then Nitish Kumar's party was in the role of elder brother in Bihar NDA. JDU had 73 MLAs and ally BJP had 50 plus. The wheel of time changed and today Nitish Kumar's party has become number three in Bihar. The ally BJP stood in the role of elder brother. In the 2020 assembly elections, JDU managed to win only 43 seats. In such a situation, the situation of Nitish Kumar was not the same in 2019. Experts say that JDU was demanding two cabinet ministers and at least two ministers of state in the Modi cabinet. But the demand of ally JDU was rejected by BJP. In the Lok Sabha elections 2019, out of 40 seats in Bihar, BJP and Janata Dal United contested on 17-17 seats. In 6 seats, candidates of Ram Vilas Paswan's party Lok Janshakti stood. BJP's 17, JDU's 16 and LJP's all six candidates won the election.