Nitish Kumar most welcome in NDA, but BJP will take final call: Ram Vilas Paswan

"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.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 28, 2016 7:35 pm
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LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said he will welcome Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar into the NDA and claimed that the JD(U) chief was apprehensive that his ally Lalu Prasad of the RJD would weaken his party. Speaking to reporters on the 16th foundation day of his party, the Union minister lauded Kumar for his support to the Centre’s demonetisation step, saying he had taken a “bold decision”.

Paswan’s Lok Jantantrik Party is part of the ruling NDA coalition at the Centre. “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.

Paswan claimed that Kumar, whose party JD(U) was a former BJP ally and now a bitter rival, was working “under the pressure of Prasad” who had a “history of weakening his allies”.

He cited the examples of Congress and CPI, both of which were influential in Bihar in the 90s but lost much of it during their alliance with the former chief minister, and claimed that the JD(U)-RJD alliance will not last for more than two-and-a-half years.

Sources in the JD(U) though pooh-poohed speculation over Kumar’s support to demonetisation and BJP or Paswan’s praise for the Bihar chief minister.

A JD(U) leader said to see anything deeper in this was “absurd” as Kumar had already spoken about making India “Sangh-mukt” (RSS-free). BJP chief Amit Shah had also praised Kumar yesterday, setting tongues wagging in the political circles.

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    Dev Verma
    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:55 pm
    Its right time to recall his decision and join back BJP immediately to get rid of corrupt lalu and sonia's congress. He can florish himself being in BJP and you never know he become deputy PM.. In 10 thief 1 honest person is also counted thief hence its a good time to switch and let all chor stay together to get slaps.
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      Kuldeep
      Nov 28, 2016 at 6:07 pm
      Thaali Ka Baigan Nitish may have backdoor deal and knew about Notban and he may have secured his Fund for Elections in form of Black Money before November 8.
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        Manjit
        Nov 28, 2016 at 6:35 pm
        Politicians have sold their soul. May God protect poor people from Opportunist Politicians like Nitish, Paswan, Mayawati, Sharad Pawar.
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          M. AHMAD
          Nov 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm
          OH THAT IS WHY HE SUPPORTED DEMONETISATION.. NO POLITICIAN IN THIS COUNTRY SERVE THE PEOPLE WITHOUT INTEREST. THE MAIN REASON WHY HE SUPPORT THE DEMONETISATION IS THE FEAR HE HAS WITH LALU AND TRIED TO OPEN NEW DOOR FOR HIS SERVIVAL.
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            Modihatao
            Nov 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm
            People voted Nitish against BJP and now he is on and BJP is the bidder.
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              Indian
              Nov 29, 2016 at 6:58 am
              Nitish Kumar is a selfish person and he can change his colour as per his requirement. And BJP should not trust him it already tested . Once he makes entry in NDA he may start playing dirty political game. BJP should keep him away.
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                Indian
                Nov 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm
                like Sonia dreaming about Rahul -Lalu dreaming for his son for CM post. Nitish Kumar is now problem for him. Nitish Kumar now feeling heat of that.
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                  Rajan
                  Nov 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm
                  Nitish kumar is a natural ally of nationalist forces and he should come back to NDA to respect the national interest . For a sincere politician like him ,it is very difficult to adjust with criminals and mafias. The erlier he come back to NDA the better.
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                    sawan
                    Nov 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm
                    Paswan has been tasked to fish in troubled waters. He feels that, since Nitish has spoken in favour of demonetisation, is willing to join the Modi bandwagon. However, he forgets that the JD(U), in the Parliament, has been quite vocal against the implementation of the Demonetisation scheme. Nitish has learnt the art of Good Cop, Bad Cop routine from Modiji, who says something very pleasant to hear while his minions does something entirely the opposite.
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                      sdas
                      Nov 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm
                      By openly talking about his defection, the BJP is weakening him anyway. Lalu Prasad is pulling the rug from under his feet. It seems, he has no alternative but to come back to the " fold " !
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                        Sanjay
                        Nov 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm
                        This will be good move. All honest people need to be on one side.
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