Update: Nitish Kumar has confirmed that his party will not participate in the cabinet.
"We are running the government in Bihar together. As far as participating in the Centre, we wanted to speak with party leaders, their opinion was to not have a symbolic representation in the cabinet. I told BJP again that party is not keen to have this kind of participation. We are not interested to a be a part of a cabinet. We are not angry or unhappy with them. Amit Shah called me yesterday and I had conveyed the party's decision to him. We are very clear about the matter. We are strong together," he said.
Bihar's ruling party JD(U) will not be participating in PM Narendra Modi's cabinet for his coalition the NDA's second term in the government, said sources.
The sources added that the party is miffed with the BJP for giving it just one cabinet berth. The party is against doing symbolic participation through a single berth party was expecting two cabinet berths
PM Modi had a word with JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar who assured him that his party is with the BJP and took the decision to maintain the social balance keeping in mind Bihar assembly elections in 2020, the sources said.
As Prime Minister Modi and his council of ministers are all set to take the oath for the PM post and cabinet ministers posts, preparations are underway in the Rashtrapati Bhavan to welcome 8000 guests including foreign dignitaries.
The ministers who will take the oath on Thursday will first be meeting Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi at 4:30 PM at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg ahead of the ceremony which is set to begin at 7 pm.
The swearing-in ceremony will be of about 90 minutes and after that, a dinner will be served to around 40 dignitaries, including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and the prime minister, besides leaders of all BIMSTEC countries, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Ashok Malik said Wednesday.
In 2014, when Narendra Modi took the oath for the first time, 24 Cabinet and 21 ministers of state took the oath along with him. The guests included around 3500 dignitaries including head of SAARC countries ( Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives).