Bhopal: After the establishment of the Modi Cabinet, all the Union Ministers and Ministers of State have been provided with portfolios. The leaders of Madhya Pradesh have also got their posts and have started their work in their respective ministries. In the middle of this, a Member of Parliament from Mandla Lok Sabha Seat in Madhya Pradesh, Faggan Singh Kulaste, said something that sparked a political controversy. The speaker disclosed that he was offered the Union Minister of State position, which he rejected. He stated that he would only consider taking up the job if he was to be sworn in as a Cabinet Minister.

The shaky alliance of the current ruling coalition in India is disclosed in detail by Faggan Singh Kulaste, a seven-term MP and former Union Minister, who details how the government tried to offer him a fourth go at the Minister of State post, which he rejected. After his three terms as Minister of State, he felt the time was right for a placement in the cabinet. He noted that he might change his mind if there were other considerations for making a special independent ministry in a particular sector.

However, before the Union Cabinet formation, Faggan Singh Kulaste was entrusted with the Independent Charge of the Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Steel. He stated that he had discussed it with BJP’s National General Secretary (Organisation), B. L. Santosh. Kulaste stated that if he is ever presented with an opportunity, he wishes to be an independent minister in the Cabinet.

Faggan Singh Kulaste is regarded as an accomplished tribal personality of Madhya Pradesh. This is since his exclusion from the cabinet was followed by his rather inflammatory statement, which is expected to incite a lot of political responses within the state. The minority Congress party is expected to attempt to exploit the issue to the maximum in a bid to wrest it and make it ahead of the issue.

The discontent expressed by Kulaste can be seen as representative of a general feeling within the BJP organisation, where more experienced persons may not be pleased with the distribution of portfolios printed by multiple-term Members of Parliament.

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