NDA Government Formation: TDP and JD(U) Place Demands for Key Ministerial Positions

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New Delhi, June 6, 2024 — As the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) moves towards forming the new government, crucial allies within the coalition are making significant demands for ministerial positions.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), led by N. Chandrababu Naidu, has reportedly demanded

Five ministerial portfolios.

These include a mix of Cabinet and Minister of State (MoS) positions,

reflecting the party’s intention to secure substantial influence within the NDA government. The TDP’s demands come in the wake of their strong performance in the recent elections, contributing significantly to the NDA’s overall seat count.

Simultaneously, Nitish Kumar, leader of the Janata Dal (United) [JD(U)], has placed a high-stakes demand for

Three top ministries.

These high-profile portfolios are expected to be among the most influential in the government, possibly including the Home, Finance, and Defense ministries.

JD(U)’s demands underscore their strategic importance and electoral contribution to the NDA’s success.

Negotiations are ongoing as the BJP, the leading party in the NDA, seeks to balance these demands with the coalition’s overall strategy and governance priorities. Sources within the BJP suggest that while there is recognition of the TDP and JD(U)’s electoral contributions, final decisions will aim to reflect a cohesive and effective cabinet formation.

The distribution of these ministerial positions will be a key indicator of the power dynamics within the NDA and will set the tone for the new government’s functioning. Political analysts suggest that meeting these demands could bolster the NDA’s stability, ensuring continued support from these crucial regional allies.

Further announcements are expected in the coming days as the NDA finalizes its cabinet lineup.

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