In Modi’s new government, 4 ministries of TDP, 2 of JDU

Chandrababu Naidu’s party TDP is going to get four ministries in Narendra Modi’s third government. They won 16 seats in the election. And Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU), which won 12 seats, is getting two ministries. This information was reported by the Indian media NDTV on Saturday (June 8).

According to reports, three of the four likely leaders from the TDP to join Modi’s cabinet are Ram Mohan Naidu, Harish Balayogi and Daggumala Prasad.

And the names of two senior leaders have been suggested as possible ministers from Nitish Kumar’s party. They are – Lalan Singh and Ram Nath Tagore.

The decision on the new cabinet was reportedly taken at a meeting of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Sources said the TDP had claimed four ministries and the post of parliamentary speaker after winning 16 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. And the JDU, which won 12 seats, wanted two ministerial posts.

The results announced on June 4 showed that the BJP won the maximum number of seats but fared worse than expected. The party got a single majority in the previous two elections under the leadership of Modi, but this time the party failed to reach the magic figure of 272 seats. They won 240 seats, that means BJP still needs 32 seats to get majority.

However, NDA won 293 seats as a coalition. Among these, only TDP and JDU have significant seats after BJP. As a result, Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar have become the so-called ‘kingmakers’. Other members who get nominal seats are also getting importance.

The alliance partners had no chance to negotiate as the BJP won landslides in the 2014 and 2019 elections. They had to be satisfied with what Narendra Modi gave them. But this time the partners increased their demands by understanding the opportunity.