‘Alliance will continue, but friendly parties pushing JD(U) towards BJP’

The party targeted Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for his remarks against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over supporting Kovind.

Written by Anand Mishra , Santosh Singh | New Delhi/patna | Published:June 28, 2017 4:18 am
Bihar ruling Grand Alliance, JDU, Ram Nath Kovind,, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar , PM Narendra Modi, Bihar News Sources said that after RJD chief Lalu Prasad fired a party spokesperson and reined in another leader who had attacked Nitish, the CM on Monday conveyed to all party spokespersons to not make any harsh statements against the RJD.

The JD(U) has said that Bihar ruling Grand Alliance can continue till 2025 but “friendly parties” are pushing it to join hands with the BJP even though its support for the NDA’s presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, is an isolated issue. The party targeted Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for his remarks against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over supporting Kovind.

“The JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance, which is till 2020, will continue even till 2025 if mitra dal (friendly parties) want it. We have made it clear that our decision to support NDA’s presidential candidate is a one-time affair. I do not know why some friendly parties want to make it a permanent affair,” Tyagi told The Indian Express. “There is no question of our joining the NDA led by PM Narendra Modi. When we were part of the NDA during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, there was a liberal atmosphere which does not exist under the present leadership.”

Sources said that after RJD chief Lalu Prasad fired a party spokesperson and reined in another leader who had attacked Nitish, the CM on Monday conveyed to all party spokespersons to not make any harsh statements against the RJD. RJD spokespersons have been asked not to comment on Nitish . An RJD leader is learnt to have conveyed a message from Lalu and Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to Nitish calling for a “ceasefire” and moving beyond “differences over the choice of presidential candidate and concentrate on Bihar”.

But the JD(U) wants the RJD to suspend or remove leaders like Raghuvansh Prasad Singh for their regular jibes at Nitish. Bihar JD(U) president Bashishta Narayan Singh is camping in Delhi even as former party president Sharad Yadav, who had pitched for an Opposition nominee for President, is confining himself to north Bihar. Singh said there will be no break in the alliance. “Different parties may have different opinions on some issues but the Grand Alliance is working on a common programme.”

The I-T and ED crackdown on benami property allegedly owned by Lalu’s family has added to the strain. A senior JD(U) leader said: “Nitish supported demonetisation and wanted the Centre to crack down on benami property. Now that his ministerial colleagues from RJD are staring at money-laundering cases, he will lose the moral authority to talk about black money.” Asked how the JD(U) tied up with Lalu, who is convicted in a fodder case, he said: “Lalu is not part of the government officially, but any corruption case against his son might force him to recalibrate or reboot his politics.”

“Nitish may not be looking at the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a fragmented Opposition and the Congress not giving him due importance. Nitish may be looking at 2020 with another combination,” said a source. RJD sources conceded that the party had reasons to be worried. “We would be lying if we said we were not going through a bad phase. We are on tenterhooks but hope to overcome it,” said an RJD leader. Referring to BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi’s remarks on Lalu, Tejashwi said, “Sushil Modi has been daring someone like Lalu who has taken on BJP’s negative politics for two decades… the Grand Alliance is as strong as ever.” A BJP source said: “If Nitish wants to return to the NDA, this could be the right time. We believe the Grand Alliance split is just a matter of time.”

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  1. C
    Jun 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm
    The JD(U) and RJD alliance may continue in Bihar for the sake of power. However, Nitish Kumar may find the company of Lalu Yadav embarrassing due to the IT and ED crackdown on benami property held by the maverick RJD leader. The RJD is basically a family show of Lalu who had abandoned his socialist ideology after becoming chief minister of Bihar by playing the caste card.
    1. K
      Jun 28, 2017 at 1:18 pm
      It is unfortunate decision by Nitish Kumar who is supposed to be PM candidate for 2018 Election from G Alliance. Nitish has spoiled the game. Also it is unfair to Bihar people as he does not support President Nominee Meeira Kumari who is hailing from Bihar. Time will tell and People of Bihar should not forget this. G Alliance should also part with JD(U) as he surrendered himself with BJP RSS
      1. S
        Jun 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm
        How can Nitish continue with corrupt Cong and more corrupt Laoo Parivar and escape cosequences.
        1. V
          Jun 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm
          Never trust to Natish Kumar he is really opportunist he can change any time like lota... or thali ka bagan(Bringal). Now Kumar knows Lalu jee is strong he is still continue the alliance but before next election he definately go and sit in arms of BJP.. Jai Hind
          1. E
            Jun 29, 2017 at 7:09 am
            Lalu jee (??) for a convict in fodder case but no jee for Nitish Kumar, CM of a state. This shows moral strength of Lalu's clan and followers
          2. N
            Naim Naqvi
            Jun 28, 2017 at 11:15 am
            JD(U) is an outfit of turncoats and Nitish Kumar is a well known fence sitter - a sheer opportunist. He had join hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav to come to power. I would suggest the secular parties to write off JD (U) from its strategic alliance. Broken reeds are never to be trusted. It is a long fight of ideologies and emotions. Either go into the fight with whole heart or join BJP. There is no golden mean here.
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              Damodar Biswal
              Jun 28, 2017 at 11:59 am
              Nitish is a clean n non corrupt politician.He is not like Lalu who believes in jungle raj n corruption.It is natural that he does not want an alliance with a corrupt person.Why blaming Nitish?Why don't u talk of Lalu's corruption n jungle raj?
            2. T
              Jun 28, 2017 at 9:12 am
              Nitish popularity was seen in 2014 LS polls this products of J.P.movement are all like Laloo and did haircut in the name of social justice whenever they got opportunity
              1. S
                Jun 28, 2017 at 8:36 am
                India and Indians are still waiting for the 'Ache Din Ayengey' theory and promises and now Nitish can join the bandwagon for his and JDU's Ache DIn.
                1. I
                  Indhiya kudi
                  Jun 28, 2017 at 8:49 am
                  At least ache din is over for corrupt, anti national looters, west bootlicking, foreign fund receiving beggars, appea t experts, terrorists supporters.
                  1. A
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm
                    Do you think Modi's BJP is not corrupt? The difference is Modi is helping the Amabanis / Adanis to gain and take the money from them which is not declared in any forum. The proposed digital India is the biggest scam of India for a long time, with almost 3.75 lakh crore will be profited by the bank/Jio/software companies in the name of transaction service charges on an yearly which only increase every year. What do you call it?
                  2. K
                    KS KUMAR
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:51 am
                    You feel achhe din are when Sonia and company was looting hundreds of crores of public money. Those achhe din will not come back.
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                      Manjunath G
                      Jun 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm
                      When it is a known fact that all other than "BJP and fe selected its allies" are corrupt, I am wondering why and for what our beloved PM is waiting? he can send them jail no? .....all JUMLEBAZI.....no work on the real ground.....
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                    Chander Pal
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 7:49 am
                    Nitish is an honest person but with his good intentions he can not take Bihar out of a deep rooted corrupt system as long as the fodder family is around his neck. And now Nitish does not know how to get out of the tangle he has created for himself. See the irony 1. Sharad Yadav as head of NDA wielded power, now he is just another irrelevant person. 2. Congi the anti JP force has now joined hands and ideology with JP movement heroes.
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