Opponents trying to politically assassinate me, says Nitish Kumar; gets Lalu and his sons to skip protest

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said, 'My opponents are trying to politically assassinate me by spreading canards that we are getting closer to the BJP.'

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: November 29, 2016 12:24 pm
nitish kumar, nitish kumar demonetisation, nitish kumar demonetisation protest, bihar cm demonetisation protest, bihar cm demonetisation, opposition demonetisation protest, lalu prasad demonetisation, india news Addressing a meeting of JD(U) legislators on Monday evening, Nitish Kumar said: “There have been baseless news reports in a section of the media about my meeting with BJP president and talks with PM Modi.” (Source: PTI Photo)

“MY opponents are trying to politically assassinate me by spreading canards that we are getting closer to the BJP,” Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said today, hitting out at critics after his support of the Centre’s demonetisation move. His support has prompted some in the Opposition — and some in the NDA as well — to ascribe to him a political motive. Some said he wished to keep his restive partner (read RJD) in check, others said this was part of his “twin-track” politics. “There is a Nitish for the state and there is a Nitish for the Centre,” said his party colleague, “this is a message to reinforce that when it comes to cleaning up governance, he will support any move.”

The fact that his stand carries weight within the coalition was evident in the protest march in Patna today where all top RJD leaders, right from national president Lalu Prasad Yadav to party’s state chief Ramchandra Purve, stayed away. Only small-time RJD leaders joined hands with the Congress. Although Lalu had spoken to AICC president Sonia Gandhi expressing solidarity on the issue, his sons and Ministers Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Prasad Yadav didn’t join in.

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A top source told The Indian Express: “When Deputy CM Tejashwi sought advice from his father over the party’s stand on demonetisation after Bihar Congress Ashok Kumar Choudhary had called, the RJD boss advised his son to follow Nitish”. Addressing a meeting of JD(U) legislators in Patna on Monday evening, Nitish said: “There have been baseless news reports in a section of the media about my meeting with BJP president and talks with PM. Just because we are supporting the NDA on the note ban does not mean that we are getting close to the BJP. My opponents are trying to politically assassinate me by spreading canards that we are getting closer to the BJP.”

A legislator, who attended the meeting, told The Indian Express: “The CM was clearly upset. He has maintained that while note ban is a good move, the PM needs to follow up on this by targeting benami property holders and those who possess unaccounted gold and diamond jewellery. He had also questioned the manner of implementation.”

The CM said: “We are opposing the BJP on matters of intolerance and not respecting the federal structure”. In Punjab yesterday, Nitish had criticised the Centre for growing “fear among minorities.”

Meanwhile, the Left parties’ bandh call against demonetisation had little impact across the state. Congress workers had a scuffle with students and BJP supporters raising pro-Modi slogans in Samastipur, Muzaffarpur and Purnia. RJD and Congress workers reportedly beat up some students at Samastipur. Students had started protesting after being caught in a traffic jam because of the protest march.

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First Published on: November 29, 2016 4:58 am
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    Amrit Lal
    Nov 29, 2016 at 1:48 am
    Politicians in this country are opportunist and they care for their political future than the country. That`s why in 70 years no real progress in the country. When Modi`s Demonetisation will bring disaster for the country then same Nitish will come forward and say I was totally against Demonetisation. Politicians have no morals. Nitist, Lalu, Maya, Mulayam, Awasi, Naveen, none of them can be trusted and Flip Flop from time to time. They can be part of any political party against which they fight election. Only True and Honest Leader in this country are Mamata and Kejrival who are taking clear stand in support of people, not like hypocrite politicians who backstab the voters again and again. Hope people of this country are watching all opportunist and Flip Flop Politicians and CMs who are willing to sell themselves for political benefit ahead of people welfare. Nitish may be thinking that Modi has committed Political suicide and if he returns now to NDA then he will be most powerful leader of NDA.
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      Baman
      Nov 29, 2016 at 3:30 am
      With Demonetisation Modi has Comitted Political Suicide. Nitish Seems to be next in line.
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        Gunjan Srivastava
        Nov 29, 2016 at 3:03 am
        Bird of same feature flock together. Don't be surprised if Nitist embraces Modi. It is the people who vote such people are cheated. People of Bihar now regret their mistake and will never elect JD (U) or BJP in power. Mamata is their hope that's why both Nitish and Modi are in great panic due to sky rocketing pority of Mamata all over the country.
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          Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
          Nov 29, 2016 at 2:46 am
          It will be Mumtaz be-energy and KHUJLIWAL together doing TAN--MAN--DHAN str-ip dance in Jantar--mantar and Mumtaz no-energy without Kaala Dhan will strip to show her demoni-fashion being cash less and help less for protest.
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            MyTake
            Nov 29, 2016 at 4:29 am
            In one master stroke Modi has cornered all the fake leaders on the other side. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;People enjoying this new zoo!
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              Ind
              Nov 29, 2016 at 4:19 am
              Bold and radical move! Modi Ji promised 1 Cr jobs if BJP comes to power. Instead, made 4 lakh poor people jobless. Masterstroke!
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                Vedic_Citizen
                Nov 29, 2016 at 2:56 am
                If you can end Lalu family ruin of Bihar, NDA will support you for the benefit of people.
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                  ajithkumara
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 2:34 am
                  Paid Media and Bhakt propaa cannot change the reality on the ground. W Nations is in pain and it may continue for very long time. Even total money received so far is peanut since BJP itself will need 8.8 Lakh crores for its expenses and Budgets till 2019. Out of 8.2 crores collected so far most will have to be withdrawn by people. Country is in Greatest Crisis since World War I.
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                    Dash
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 6:04 am
                    Lalu may get him killed. He is a figusting man (though not as fisgusting as khoojliewal). Ishrat ke papa needs to be careful.
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                      Bhavnesh
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 5:03 am
                      With Weakest PM in power in many decades, even terrorists are attacking our borders again and again. Everything under Feku is in great mess. Nothing is working properly, demonetisation or whatever.
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                        Bobby
                        Nov 29, 2016 at 3:45 am
                        Modi Scam is hurting country's economy. Nitish should stay away from Modi who is most unpor even outside India now.
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                          ashok
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 6:02 am
                          Nithish kumar is a seasoned politician now realising mistake committed by joining hands with corrupt alliance including fodder scam, coal scam, etc parties. So gradually changing track to stay in or near power.
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                            Kaliyug
                            Nov 29, 2016 at 1:26 am
                            Nitish should say that the BJP is doing the right thing for India and he will align himself with the righteous, he sees no difference in his goals and that of the BJP to end corruption. If the "Chara Chor Lalloo", wants to complain then so be it.
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                              dd
                              Nov 29, 2016 at 12:54 am
                              BJP can't TRUST Nitish any more....He is a back staber...
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                                dipak
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 12:59 am
                                Nitish can be a national leader only after he takes right side of the national interest. If he pla a cheap politics, he will be por in Bihar not in all India and he has to stop appeasment of lt;br/gt;Notorious minorities to be true leader.
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                                  gopal
                                  Nov 29, 2016 at 2:49 am
                                  Demonetization has had some unlikely fallouts, NItish being one..While Nitish is supporting the decision, his party is opposing the same..There will be a real fight for opp leader Kursi in 2019..bcoz no one knows who is opposing for what and for whom
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                                    IML sood
                                    Nov 29, 2016 at 2:32 am
                                    Persons like Kalli will never like India to be cleaned from the grip of black money.Such people are born cures of demons.
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                                      Jolly
                                      Nov 29, 2016 at 4:47 am
                                      Modi should step aside and hand over power to President of India, who should call fresh elections before things go out of hand completely.
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                                        Pillai
                                        Nov 29, 2016 at 4:11 am
                                        Both Naveen Patnaik, the Odissa CM and Nitish Kumar, the Bihar CM proved to be true Statesmen. They want India first and politics next. Odissa CM, Naveen Patnaik goes in record to organize even at Panchayat level for payments to the people through whatever means possible, immediately upon hearing the PM announcement. He proved to be the Bharat Ratna. Both these CMs are educated and they show it in actions. Illiterates are blocking Parliament for own purpose.
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                                          Pillai
                                          Nov 29, 2016 at 4:07 am
                                          Curse of India, you Doggy !
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                                            Kalikutty
                                            Nov 29, 2016 at 1:27 am
                                            What principle Nitishji? It is as you interpret it.You want to keep the option to join Modi and BJP if not now later.It is nothing but opportunism.lt;br/gt; Thank you
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