BJP will not want to let go of these four ministries, how will it reach a consensus with TDP-JDU on Modi 3.0 cabinet?

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: After the way BJP fell short of majority in the final results of Lok Sabha elections, NDA allies have increased their demands regarding ministries. TDP, JDU and other NDA allies have their eyes set on important posts in the Union Cabinet. According to sources, in the initial discussions, BJP has staked its claim on the Ministry of Defense, Finance Department, Home and Foreign Ministry. Both TDP and JDU have demanded the post of Speaker, but reportedly BJP does not seem ready for this.

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JDU-TDP put forward their demand

In the election results, Chandrababu Naidu's TDP and Nitish Kumar's JDU have emerged as the biggest parties in the NDA. Taking advantage of this, they have demanded important posts in the Union Cabinet. On the other hand, the new government to be formed under the leadership of Modi will not want to give important ministries to its allies easily. According to sources, TDP and JDU, which have 16 and 12 seats respectively in the Lok Sabha, have placed their demand for their favorite ministries before the BJP high command. Not only this, their eyes are fixed on their favorite ministries. On the basis of initial discussions, the allies are demanding one minister for every four MPs.

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How will Narendra Modi make everyone happy?

According to the report, TDP is demanding four cabinet posts, while JDU is demanding three ministers. Apart from this, Eknath Shinde's Shiv Sena with 7 seats and Chirag Paswan's LJP with five seats are expected to get two ministries each. Chandrababu Naidu is also eyeing the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, but BJP does not seem ready to accept this demand. TDP can also demand the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

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With the BJP getting 240 seats, 32 seats short of a majority, the role of these allies is crucial for Modi 3.0. The TDP, JDU, Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde) and Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) together have 40 MPs. In the last two cabinets led by Prime Minister Modi, where the BJP crossed the majority mark alone, the NDA allies could not capture key cabinet posts. However, the 2024 results did not see the BJP getting a clear majority. As a result, the number of ministers from the BJP quota in the council of ministers may be reduced and the number of ministers from allies will increase. However, it is unlikely that the BJP will compromise on key ministries. Apart from defence, finance, home and external affairs, the BJP would also want to retain ministries related to infrastructure development, welfare, youth affairs and agriculture.

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Trying to keep the rail and road with you

Apart from this, BJP claims that major reforms have been done in railways and road transport etc. during the previous NDA governments. The party does not want to slow down the pace of reforms by giving these to allies. Sources said that railways has traditionally been with the allies and BJP has taken it back under its control after a lot of hard work. BJP may consider giving Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Ministry to JDU, while departments like civil aviation and steel can be given to TDP. Charge of heavy industry can be given to Shiv Sena.

TDP-JDU can get these ministries

Sources associated with the discussions said that NDA allies can be made ministers of state in important ministries like Finance and Defense. Other ministries like Tourism, MSME, Skill Development, Science and Technology and Social Justice and Empowerment are also likely to be handed over to allies. If Chandrababu Naidu remains adamant on the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, then BJP can try to persuade him by offering him the post of Deputy Speaker. At present, the final decision is expected soon.

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