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RJD Challenges Nitish Kumar to Break Ties with BJP Following Arunachal Developments | India News


PATNA: On Saturday, the Rashtriya Janata Dal hinted at the possibility of a new alignment in Bihar if Prime Minister Nitish Kumar chose to sever ties with the BJP after the “humiliation” in Arunachal Pradesh.
However, RJD National Vice President Shivanand Tiwary made it clear that the ball is in the court of the head of JD (U) who needed to realize that development in the northeastern state, where his party’s MLAs defected en masse to the BJP, aimed to “settle old scores.”
Tiwary recalled the incident about a decade ago when Kumar canceled a dinner hosted for visiting BJP leaders who were in Patna to serve on the party’s national executive.
“Nitish Kumar had made it widely clear that while he agreed with the BJP, he was very much opposed to Narendra Modi, his then Gujarat counterpart. Now, Modi is not a man who is going to forgive and forget the slight,” Tiwary said.
The veteran RJD leader, who has also been with the JD (U) for some time, insisted that the development in Arunachal Pradesh was “part of the chain of events that began with the Chirag Paswan rebellion.”
Paswan, the LJP chairman, had withdrawn from the NDA prior to the Bihar assembly elections promising to oust Kumar from power. The LJP failed in the elections, although it managed to cut the votes of JD (U), with the BJP rebels fighting for their tickets in many seats.
“The BJP’s strategy was, in the first place, to cut Nitish Kumar to size, which he successfully achieved in assembly polls. Now he has started to humiliate him. What else could explain the poaching of six JD (U) MLA in Arunachal Pradesh, where the BJP was? I already enjoyed a very comfortable majority, ”Tiwary asked.
Tiwary, who the day before had wanted to welcome any bold steps from Kumar, said when asked to explain, “If he leaves the NDA, it cannot be that we will join hands with the BJP to take down Nitish Kumar. Consisting of oppose the BJP and joined us for some time, but switched sides for reasons he knows best. ”
Kumar had joined his archrival Lalu Prasad, the supreme of the RJD, before the assembly elections in 2015. The Grand Alliance that emerged with the two parties and Congress, by joining together, won the elections generously and Kumar returned as the first minister with Tejashwi Yadav as his deputy.
However, Tiwary also hinted that the power equations could undergo a change this time, with the RJD still strong but the JD (U) a pale shadow of his past self.
“Nitish has a tough decision to make as to what matters most to him, his own dignity or the trappings of power,” said Tiwary, who has known Kumar closely for five decades.
RJD MLA and chief state spokesman Bhai Virendra, a Tejashwi Yadav loyalist, was even more forthright.
“We have a permanent offer for Nitish Kumar: give up your chair and help Tejashwi Yadav form a new government in the state. That would help him retain a bit of respectability. Otherwise, his party would suffer the same fate here that he has. done”. in Arunachal Pradesh, “said Bhai Virendra.

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