Nitish decision unfortunate, says Sharad Yadav

Jerome Frank
August 1, 2017

But the huge decision of Nitesh Kumar last week- dumping the Grand Alliance with Lalu Yadav and Congress and form a new government in partnership with the BJP- was made without any public bow to the JDU veteran.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Monday demanded Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation as he was an accused in a 1991 murder case and therefore can not hold office. Lalu brought up the criminal cases against Kumar in an attempt to discredit the JD (U) chief and protect his son Tejashwi from the corruption charges.

Now the BJP is part of the government of Bihar, something, Yadav said, was not the original mandate of the people. On Monday, Kumar had said there was no one who had the capacity to challenge Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

He said the JD-U would support Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Earlier, Kumar was stabbed Monday at Nitish by a series of tweets after the former chief minister and RJD supremo Lalu one.

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Sources say that Sharad's hope of getting a hefty portfolio in the Narendra Modi cabinet didn't meet a favourable response - possibly because of his recent attacks on the Prime Minister during interventions in the Rajya Sabha and also his frosty relations with Kumar.

The CM then addressed the assembly and said, "Secularism should not be used to justify corruption".

He said he had tried to save the grand alliance but was forced to break away after RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family refused to come clean on the corruption allegations against them.

"We are not being rebellious, by meeting Sharad Yadav". He had at the time cancelled a dinner being planned for BJP leaders and unceremoniously sacked all BJP ministers from his state government. A large number of JD (U) leaders are also unhappy with Kumar's decision and believe that the mandate of the people in Bihar in 2015 was not for this.

He said he was already performing a national role in politics by being the Bihar Chief Minister and had done national duty during the V.P. Singh and Vajpayee governments. "There is no substance in perception that I am going to join JD (U)".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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