'Unhappy' Shiv Sena strikes sour note, wants more berths in Modi cabinet
New Delhi: Shiv Sena, the oldest ally of BJP, is unhappy over being given only one ministerial berth and that too Heavy Industries portfolio in the Narendra Modi government and has complained to the BJP leadership.
Modi has included Anant Geete, a senior leader of Shiv Sena in his Cabinet. But Geete on Tuesday morning refused to assume charge of the Heavy Industries Ministry because he's unhappy over the portfolio, sources said.
Shiv Sena MP Anant Geete takes the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony for new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers in New Delhi on Monday. Pic/AFP
Sena sources said the party was expecting more ministerial berths as it is the second largest party in the NDA with 18 members in the Lok Sabha. Coupled with this unhappiness, the party was 'sidelined' with the Heavy Industries portfolio, which upset it further.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who had come to Delhi to attend the swearing-in of Council of Ministers on Monday, has taken up this issue with BJP leadership, party sources said.
Geete also met Thackeray, they said. However, Geete did attend the first meeting of the Union Cabinet held on Tuesday evening.