MVA Slams BJP Allies Over Limited Cabinet Berths in Modi Ministry

Leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) opposition criticized CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar for their limited representation in the new Union ministry led by PM Narendra Modi. The MVA leaders expressed their discontent over the marginal cabinet roles allotted to their alliance members.

PTI | Mumbai | Updated: 10-06-2024 14:31 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 14:31 IST
MVA Slams BJP Allies Over Limited Cabinet Berths in Modi Ministry
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Leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) opposition alliance on Monday took potshots at Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar over their limited share in the new Union ministry led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During Sunday's swearing-in ceremony, Prataprao Jadhav of the Shinde-led Shiv Sena was sworn in as Minister of State (MoS) with independent charge, while the Ajit Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) turned down the MoS position, holding out for a cabinet post instead.

Shiv Sena (UBT) spokesperson Sanjay Raut remarked that the minimal representation of the two parties in Modi's cabinet has highlighted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shown them their rightful place.

"This is what you get when you decide to be someone's slaves," Raut told reporters.

Furthermore, Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar warned that if the Ajit Pawar-led NCP rejects the MoS post, they should not expect any cabinet berth in the future.

"Ajit Pawar must have realized, albeit late, that the BJP has a use-and-throw policy for its allies," said Wadettiwar, who leads the opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Baramati Lok Sabha member Supriya Sule remarked she was not surprised that the Ajit Pawar-led NCP did not secure a cabinet berth in Modi's cabinet.

In response to the opposition's criticism, Sanjay Shirsat, a spokesperson for the Shinde-led Sena, downplayed the issue, suggesting that there might be reasons why his party did not gain a cabinet berth.

"Why should others, who are out of power, be bothered about what we got?" said Shirsat, an MLA from the Marathwada region.

He pointed out that when the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena was in power, they held a cabinet post but only managed a minor portfolio like heavy industries.

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