The Congress immediately claimed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar seemed to be below “a lot of pressure” within the BJP-led NDA, and advised that he ought to think about returning to the Grand Alliance and “freely” work for the event of the state.
A press release to the impact was made by Congress Legislature Party chief Ajeet Sharma, although it was promptly dismissed as being “not official” by the RJD, which helms the five-party opposition coalition.
Ajeet Sharma was referring to the much-televised quarrel between Nitish Kumar and journalists in Patna final week when the chief minister, identified for his prim conduct, let his guard down and vented his frustration at being rankled over a high-profile homicide case.
“Nitish Kumar is never known for such behaviour. We all know that. He is obviously under a lot of pressure in the NDA. It is well-known that he is under pressure to give up the all-important Home portfolio, which he has been keeping,” the Congress chief mentioned.
Nearly a month in the past, former Union minister Sanjay Paswan, a identified detractor of Nitish Kumar within the BJP, had advised that he quit the Home portfolio, because it was “too demanding” for the 69-year-old.
Mr Paswan had, nevertheless, certified his assertion clarifying he was not insisting that the division, which controls the police, be given to the BJP and that Nitish Kumar may select a “more energetic” colleague from his JD(U) for the job.
The NDA in Bihar at current includes 4 events, together with smaller allies HAM and VIP.
Ajeet Sharma, who represents Bhagalpur within the meeting, added, “The Grand Alliance is Nitish Kumar’s old home. He will be able to freely work for the state’s progress if he chooses to return”.
The Grand Alliance got here into being forward of the 2015 meeting elections when Nitish Kumar joined arms together with his arch rival and RJD chief Lalu Prasad. The Congress was accommodated as a junior associate and the coalition went on to register a good-looking victory.
However, variations with the RJD led Mr Kumar to exit the coalition in July, 2017 and make an abrupt return to the NDA, which he had stop 4 years earlier following his disapproval of Narendra Modi’s ascendance within the BJP.
Tejashwi Yadav, the RJD’s inheritor obvious and chief of the opposition coalition, nevertheless, testily rejected Ajeet Sharma’s comment when requested about the identical at Saran, the place he went to satisfy bereaved relations of Rupesh Kumar Singh, a station supervisor of a non-public airline whose homicide in Patna has been making headlines.
“This is not an official statement (of the Congress),” mentioned Tejashwi Yadav.
With a theatrical flourish, Mr Yadav mentioned, “It is my request to the chief minister with folded hands please act and do not let people of your state die like insects”.
“I understand you are a kamzor (weak) chief minister,” he added, in a reference to the stoop in JD(U)’s tally within the meeting, which has been coterminous with the rise in BJP’s energy in a state the place it has, to this point, performed second fiddle to Nitish Kumar.
Mr Yadav additionally threatened to stage a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan together with opposition legislators “if law and order situation does not improve in a month”.
Meanwhile, the Congress chief’s overtures had been dismissed by JD(U) MLC and spokesman Neeraj Kumar.
He charged the Congress with having “given up on Mahatma Gandhi’s emphasis on virtue” and capitulated earlier than the RJD, which was “synonymous with corruption”, an allusion to numerous instances involving Lalu Prasad Yadav serving sentences in fodder rip-off and different members of his household.
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