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Felt from beginning Grand Alliance will not last, says Nitish; Tejashwi calls him ‘paltu chacha’

Nitish Kumar also defended RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over his remarks comparing Swayamsevaks with the Army, saying there was nothing wrong if a civil organisation spoke about defending the nation's borders.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2018 10:30 am
Nitish kumar, Padmavati, padmvati release, Padmavati controversy, Padmavati row, Padmavati ban, Bihar CM, Padmavati ban in Bihar, India news, Indian Express news Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said despite his unpleasant feelings about the Grand Alliance, he managed to carry on for 20 months. (File Photo)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has claimed he had an inkling from the very beginning that his alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD “would not last for more than a year-and-a-half”, drawing a sharp rebuke from Tejashwi Yadav, who said “paltu chacha” (turncoat uncle) had vicious plans beforehand.

Addressing reporters on the sidelines of his weekly Lok Samvad programme, Kumar said despite his unpleasant feelings about the Grand Alliance, he managed to carry on for 20 months. “The very day the Mahagathbandhan government was installed, I had said to those close to me that this was not going to last for more than a year-and-a-half. I still managed to carry on for 20 months,” PTI quoted the JD(U) chief as saying.

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The Grand Alliance, comprising of Congress, RJD and JD(U), collapsed in July last year after the chief minister resigned over corruption charges against his then deputy, Tejashwi Yadav. Kumar then united with BJP to form another coalition government in Bihar. Kumar also asserted that he did not ask the coalition partners to make him the CM. “I had not asked them (RJD) to declare me as the chief ministerial candidate, nor did my party make any such demand. They took the decision themselves, realising its poll prospects. They keep accusing me of betraying the mandate. We had got the mandate to govern, not to indulge in corruption,” Kumar said.

Tejashwi, the younger son of Lalu, said Kumar’s remarks revealed that he was just an excuse for the CM quitting the Grand Alliance. “Tejashwi was just an excuse. Paltu chacha (turncoat uncle) had vicious plans beforehand. The respected 67-year-old should be ashamed that he made a 28-year-old an excuse for his shenanigans. Uncle, you could have parted ways like a man,” Yadav said.

Former JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said Kumar was suffering from pangs of guilt for his U-turn. “If he (Kumar) knew that the alliance was not going to last, why did he agree for such a tie-up in the first place. It is an illogical thing to say. He is suffering from pangs of guilt for his volte face and trying to justify his actions by such utterances,” Yadav told a TV news channel in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Kumar also defended RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over his remarks comparing Swayamsevaks with the Army. The JD(U) chief said there was nothing wrong if a civil organisation spoke about defending the nation’s borders. “He has talked about readiness of his organisation for defending the country’s border. It should be welcomed if any civil organisation does that. I don’t think there is any harm in that.”

His comments came after a row erupted over Bhagwat’s statement in Muzaffarpur on Sunday where he had said that while it took six months for the Army to train and prepare for battle, RSS could do that within three days. On Monday, RSS said the statement had been misconstrued and he never intended to compare RSS workers with the Army.

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  1. Shriram Bapat
    Feb 13, 2018 at 9:30 pm
    Nitish is too seasoned to beat a 28 year bachcha and a donkey like Sharad.
    1. Pramodkumar Kulkarni
      Feb 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm
      Mr. Nitish Kumar, you have proved to be one of the most opportunist politician. You should have resigned when broke alliance with RJD and faced fresh election when you joined hands with BJP
      1. J
        Feb 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm
        Nitish, the horrendous opportunist supports the traitor - Bhagaaaaawaaat!
        1. U
          Feb 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm
          Laluprasad's rule in Bihar was best in India . It is known as Golden Period in India. Josephe let the Bihar improve.
        2. Srinivas Prasad K
          Feb 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm
          With growing marginalization within an unnatural alliance Mr Kumar has put himself into a corner in lieu of short term benefits. Seems he has lost the aura of a national leader that used to enjoy only a few months back. Pity perceptions can change so quickly and so ruthlessly.
          1. J
            Feb 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm
            Well said. Yes, Nitish has cut his own legs by "joining" bjp! Away from the theme, irrespective of your party affiliation, for promotion purpose, may I invite you to watch my video - Homage to Pandit Nehru by p g joseph - in .
          2. Suhas Gha
            Feb 13, 2018 at 11:42 am
            This man nitish was never and will never be a trustworthy. The first and most important goal of any secular party must be to get rid of most comunal party in world, bjp and its pa organisation rss. But this man, instead of taking sides of secular parties, for few gains sleeping with communal rss and bjp. If we call him a pros ute, it will be a insult of pros ute. She does her business out of compulsion and majaburi. But there is no compulsion for nitish to his soul to rss bjp. But he is still awaiting ministerial birth in modi cabinet. He is hanging below the like balls.
            1. J
              Feb 13, 2018 at 1:24 pm
              Your anger against this opportunist being (I don't like to even call him a human being!) is most justifiable. Earlier he used to foulmouth narinder modi! He is another version of that Shankar Vaghela!!
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