Congress alone to blame for Opposition mess: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

According to party sources, Kumar is upset over remarks made by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad whose reference, in the context of the presidential elections, to  “some persons having different ideologies” is being interpreted as an indirect attack on the JD(U) chief.

Written by Santosh Singh | New Delhi | Updated: July 2, 2017 9:27 pm
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In his sharpest attack ever in the recent past against his Bihar ally, JD(U) national president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said Sunday that the Congress alone was “responsible for the current mess” in the Opposition. Speaking at the state executive meeting of his party, Nitish said, “The idea of a Sangh-mukt Bharat cannot fructify without taking all Opposition parties into confidence. The Congress alone is to blame for the current mess in the Opposition fold…”

Targeting the Congress’ “recalcitrance”, Kumar said, “It is because of the Congress that we could not have an alliance in UP, it was because of the Congress that we could not have an alliance in Assam, and the Congress did not take us into confidence during the presidential polls as well.”

According to party sources, Kumar is upset over remarks made by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad whose reference, in the context of the presidential elections, to  “some persons having different ideologies” is being interpreted as an indirect attack on the JD(U) chief.

The JD(U) was the first to break Opposition ranks and openly declare its support for the NDA’s presidential candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, the former Bihar governor. Sources said the JD(U) had called Sunday’s meeting with the “special objective” of sending across its “message of displeasure” with the Congress.

Kumar did not refer to the BJP or Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies during the meeting.  “Mein kissi ke peechhe-peechhe nahin chalta, balki apni nitiyon par kayam rahta hoon (I am not the one who follows others, I follow my policies).

Even when I was part of the NDA, I took strong initiatives for the welfare of minorities…,” said the Chief Minister.

Reiterating that the JD(U) was not in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections race, Kumar said, “We are a small regional party and we are not in the 2019 race…”

Speaking about the “Grand Alliance” in Bihar, Nitish said the JD(U) was committed to the alliance “till the last moments”. Clarifying his stand on his attendance in the RJD’s August rally in Patna, he said that he “would surely go”.

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    Mohan bhaduaat
    Jul 3, 2017 at 10:24 am
    It has become fashion for these chaddi gang to label every person supporting muslim as pakistani and that is what they have been taught in sakha school i.e. hatred. These people are haters of humanity of rationality and peace in general.
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    1. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Study center ACL
      Jul 3, 2017 at 5:33 am
      Nitish is a well meaning person. He is right in blaming the Congress. At a time when this country needs a strong counter weight to the ideological excesses being flagrantly committed by the Modi regime, the Congress being the main opposition party is just in slumber. While Sonia is simply not cut out for such opposition roles , her incompetent son in out on vacation. There is an acute leadership crisis in Congress party and the opposition parties as such . This I fear will do the worst in 2019 as the Modi government which otherwise is fast loosing on popularity will just not have any one in opposition to powerfully oppose them and offer a viable alternative. Modi and his minions, free from any well organised challenge, will wreck havoc in their second term (God may forbid) to the secular fabric of this country.
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        rk
        Jul 3, 2017 at 5:47 am
        Acl_ are you a cutlet or rice bag convert..keep the secular fabric to wipe your a ss post 2019..
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      2. Venkatraman Shenoy
        Jul 3, 2017 at 5:31 am
        It is becoming more and more clear as the days go by, that congress party under Sonia G andhi is losing friends and influencing less and less people. A day will soon come when it will have only four members: SG, RG, OPriyankaG and VadraG.
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        1. Prasanta Mishra
          Jul 3, 2017 at 4:27 am
          Be awer of lynchers and supporters of lynchers treat them alike and vote against them.
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          1. Prasanta Mishra
            Jul 3, 2017 at 4:13 am
            Congress alone can be trusted against the lynchers nitish nobin are supporters of lynchers,congress to withdraw support from nitish to be trusted by seventy percent voters who cast their vote against the lynchers.
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              Against traitors
              Jul 3, 2017 at 5:33 am
              Congress lynched 6000 Sikhs. 99 per cent of communal violence since independence during congress period. In Coimbatore a daughter and mother were burnt alive by a muzzie last year. 4 muzzies pushed a girl from train 2 years back. ' Boys are boys' call by Mulayam after a rape by muzzie gang. But media like Islamic Express were silent.
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