HICCUP: VASUNDHRA, RAMAN THROW A FIT

Jaipur :  Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday threw a tantrum at her state not finding a berth in the Union Cabinet. She immediately took up the matter and forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make amends. Modi relented and accommodated one representative from her state but ultimately all that Vasundhra got was a junior post of minister of state for Nihal Chand Meghwal, who has been elected for the fourth term.

Earlier in the day, she held a meeting of party MPs at Bikaner House and protested to both Modi and BJP president Rajnath Singh that Rajasthan has been given a raw deal despite it bagging 25 out of 25 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.  Party sources said Modi, in turn, pointed out that he did not get any recommendations from the state unit for induction when he called for the resumes of the party leaders. Now, an assurance has been given that more MPs from the state will be accommodated in the next round of expansion, possibly after the budget session in July.

Likewise, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh got his nominee Vishnudev Sai inducted as MoS at the eleventh hour by complaining to Modi that his state was going unrepresented.

Modi intriguingly gave no ministerial post to party MPs in Uttarakhand and Himachal as well, where the BJP had won all the seats. Also left out was Chhattisgarh where it had won 10 out of 11 seats. Even from Gujarat, his home state, Modi picked up just one person — Mansukhbhai Vasava, who had won from Bharuch. Nor did Modi accommodate a single BJP winner from West Bengal. Also excluded were Kerala and Tripura where the BJP is yet to open an account.

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