Dissidence after cabinet expansion would not affect NDA govt: Nitish

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Patna, Apr 21 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today ruled out any effect on functioning of his government following discontentment among some NDA legislators after his cabinet's recent expansion.

Mr Kumar told reporters at his official residence here that no one should read much between the lines on views expressed by some NDA leaders following the recent cabinet expansion.

'' Those trying to weaken the NDA would ultimately get frustrated as rock like unity existed between the JD(U) and BJP,'' he stated.

'' People of Bihar have voted the NDA to power in 2005 after getting frustrated with the 15-year-long misrule of the erstwhile RJD dispensation'', he maintained.

Mr Kumar denied further expansion of his cabinet saying that the quota of 36 berths in the cabinet had already been ''filled up'' as stipulated in the law.

''I have to abide by the law regarding the strength of my cabinet and full quota of 36 berths has already been filled up'', he said adding there was no scope for further expansion.

Mr Kumar said cabinet expansion was in pipeline since long but it had to be postponed earlier due to floods and possibility of mid-term Lok Sabha election.

He charged the RJD ministers at the Centre with violating the federal spirit of the governance provided in the Constitution by trading charges of improper utilisation of Central funds on NDA government in Bihar.

Mr Kumar made it clear that he had no problem in functioning with UPA government at the Centre for development of Bihar.

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