Shiv Sena minister refuses to take charge of ministry in NDA govt

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New Delhi, May 27: Shiv Sena's Anant Geete, who was given the charge of the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises ministry under the new government at the Centre led by Narendra Modi, refused to take charge of his ministry on Tuesday morning.

Sources said the Sena, an ally of the BJP in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), had expected five posts, including three cabinet ones, but could get only one. The Sena, which has 18 seats and is the second biggest ally in the NDA after the BJP, was looking for some plum ministries and perhaps could not digest the fact that parties like the Telugu Desam Party and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party got portfolios like Aviation and Civil Supplies.

The Sena, being the second largest ally in the NDA, expected plum ministries

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray later met Geete to find a way out.

In the first NDA government, the Sena had taken care of three ministries, namely, the cabinet ministries of Power and Heavy Industries and the Minister of State portfolio of Finance.

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