Newspersons asked him why despite being a heavyweight (in the party) did he (Shivpal) not exercise his influence to get more Ballia leaders on board? There were more people from Ballia in the cabinet in the SP’ last regime.
Shivpal, who is also the younger sibling of Samajwadi Party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav, added that it was the prerogative of the chief minister to decided as to who should be made ministers.
The journalists were trying to prod Shivpal into telling them if there would be a cabinet expansion soon and would more leaders from Ballia would be included in the ministry. The senior minister did not drop any hints about the much-speculated expansion.
On Rahul Gandhi becoming All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice president, Shivpal said Rahul wouldn’t be able to give Congress any edge in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The minister reportedly said Rahul magic did not work in UP, Gujarat and Bihar.
He said both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were in bad shape in Uttar Pradesh. Talking about the BJP, Shivpal said shaking hands with Kalyan Singh or talking to people on a toll free number won’t give it a new lease of life. He added that voters in the state had rejected communal forces and would continue to do so.