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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    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.
    1. B
      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.
        1. M
          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.
          1. M
            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!
            1. I
              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!
              1. V
                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.
                1. A
                  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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