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|October 11, 1999||
Vajpayee under intense pressure over portfolios
Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi
The tension among the constituents of the National Democratic Alliance reached explosive proportions early this morning as they mounted relentless pressure on Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to take cognisance of their claims in the distribution of ministerial portfolios.
Despite the 'everything-is-hunky-dory' projection by Vajpayee and his senior Bharatiya Janata Party colleagues, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Trinamul Congress have put their foot down for getting the portfolios of their choice, leaving the prime minister with a tough task as he gets down to the delicate business later today.
Apparently, Vajpayee's assertion yesterday that all the NDA allies will be accommodated in his government has fallen on deaf ears as the allies have kept up pressure to get the maximum possible benefit.
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