The PM’s remarks come at a time when the Bihar CM lauded the Centre’s demonetisation move even as his party, JD-U, criticised it in Parliament.
The biggest issue he espoused in order to expand his constituency to the national level, was to pass a prohibition law in April this year – it was one of his main poll campaign promises in an effort to woo women voters.
The reservation will include 21 per cent for EBCs, 12 per cent for OBCs, 16 per cent for SCs and one for STs.
The Chief Minister also claimed prohibition has allowed people to spend on items like milk, sweets, clothes and furniture which is evident in hike in sale of these items.
The Bihar CM, however, sought to link demonetisation benefits to put a check on liquor traders in prohibition state of Bihar.
Kumar also exhorted people to start practising rational use of electricity to avoid heavy power bills.
Nitish Kumar declared a one-day mourning in the state as the nation is at a loss for words after AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa’s demise.
Giriraj Singh had come up with the idea and said that after “notebandi” (demonetisation), there is an urgent need to make laws for “nasbandi” (sterilisation) in the country.
“As far as the Centre’s approach against corruption through demonetisation is concerned, I am in support of such a move. It is up to all of you how interpret it,” said Kumar.
Several RJD leaders tried to play down Rabri Devi’s statement but sources said there is obvious discomfort in the RJD camp over differences on demonetisation.
Nitish’s JD(U) had recently finalised an alliance with RLD for next year’s UP elections.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said, ‘My opponents are trying to politically assassinate me by spreading canards that we are getting closer to the BJP.’
The Congress and the RJD acknowledged “some differences” with the JDU on the “action component” of their stand about demonetisation.
“If Nitish Kumar comes to the NDA, I will welcome him,” the LJP leaded said. He, however, added that any such decision was the prerogative of the BJP, which headed the coalition.
“I support demonetisation as I’m convinced that it will help in the fight against black money,” Kumar said addressing a function to mark Prohibition Day in Patna.