JD (u) face-off with Congress over presidential poll: Upset with Cong’s character assassination of Nitish Kumar, says K C Tyagi

“Yes, we are very upset at the behaviour of the Congress. The character assassination of our leader, Nitish Kumar, has also happened,” JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Indian Express.

Written by Jyoti Malhotra , Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Published: July 1, 2017 3:23 am
presidential polls, ram nath kovind, jdu, nitish kumar, india news JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi has hit out at Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for accusing Nitish Kumar of political opportunism.

Accused by the Congress of destroying Opposition unity with its support of BJP’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, a senior Janata Dal (United) leader on Friday lashed out against its coalition partner in Bihar for undertaking “character assassination” of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. “Yes, we are very upset at the behaviour of the Congress. The character assassination of our leader, Nitish Kumar, has also happened,” JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi told The Indian Express. Tyagi pointed out that he and other JD(U) leaders had explained several times the circumstances and reasons for the party’s support of erstwhile Bihar Governor as Presidential candidate. But, he said, they were especially hurt when senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad “issued a statement accusing Nitish of political and ideological opportunism”.

“Uss bayan ne hamko hila diya (that statement shook us). I repeatedly told everyone that (our support for Kovind) is a one-time, isolated incident. That the BJP has a communal agenda and all (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi wants is a constant debate between the BJP and the Opposition on matters of religion. That is how he hopes to take political advantage,” Tyagi said.

Tyagi, who today also indicated that the JD(U) is not averse to supporting a joint candidate proposed by all opposition parties for the Vice-President’s election, if it takes place, said that Congress leaders were not willing to listen, and Azad’s statement was the last straw. “We had all agreed in the meeting of 17 opposition parties in April that we will come up with a non-Congress person, someone who has a good reputation in civil society. But now we began to think that the Congress wanted its own person,” he said.

The Congress today, he asserted, “is not the Congress party of 1952, 1957, 1962 or 1984. It is not even a legitimate Congress party.”

There has been no dearth of causes to take up in recent weeks, Tyagi said, beginning from the farmers’ unrest to mob lynchings in various parts of the country. “Why should the Presidential poll be the only issue in front of the Opposition? Bahadurgarh (Haryana town close to the village where Junaid, who was lynched in a train last week, lived) is only an hour from Delhi, why has no leader from the Opposition gone to condole Junaid’s family,” he asked, referring to the lynching of 15-year-old Junaid Khan last week at the hands of cow vigilantes.

About the Vice President’s election, Tyagi told The Indian Express, “JD(U) is in favour of a common Opposition nominee in the Vice President’s election…(if the name is) discussed with leaders of all opposition parties before a decision is taken.”

While opposition parties have so far had no discussion on the Vice President’s election, “if any proposal comes before the JD(U), and our party president (Bihar CM Nitish Kumar) is engaged in the decision-making, we will support a joint opposition nominee for Vice President,” Tyagi said. “If any meeting is called over the issue, we will take part in it.” The Election Commission had on Thursday issued notification for the election of Vice President — if required, it will he held on August 5.

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  1. M
    Jul 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    Nitish Kumar is not a reliable leader or CM. He is 50 BJP. Congress must stand at her own legs. He is very cleaver and knows how to flow with the wind. It will be better to withdraw supports and let him go with the BJP freely. So that the drama will be stopped.
    1. T
      Jul 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm
      Nitish is all but a successful version of George Fernandes otherwise he is an example of political and ideological opportunism otherwise why he went to Laloo after knowing worth of JD (U) in LS polls 2014. for becoming CM despite of getting less seats than Laloo knowing full Laloo will do back seat driving . if Nitish is honest he should have sacked Laloo sons from ministry once illegal wealth amassed by each and every family member has come in public domain so nothing wrong if Congress calls Nitish as an example of of political and ideological opportunism
      1. B
        Jul 1, 2017 at 11:46 am
        Congis never wanted anyone emerging as a leader of united opposition Which catapult them to prime ministerial candidate for 2019 eventually diminishing the chance of Pappu become PM designat.
        1. N
          Jul 1, 2017 at 10:55 am
          i am personally great admirer od nitish ji .but u shoudnt trust thise muslims party conggiiii they will destroy ue party also so plz join again NDA alliance bcz BJP is the only party which puts INDIA FIRST but congii put MUSLIMS FIRST.
          1. H
            Jul 1, 2017 at 11:55 am
            You are in day dream , congress never put muslim first , they betrayed muslim in all parts , BJP Goons Killing Muslim for Muslim both are same.
            1. J
              Jul 1, 2017 at 3:44 pm
              Muslim terrorist are killings muslims ... which in your words okay . Sounds like you're a goon yourself. Read the world history throughly....you will find out who are the goons criminals.
          2. K
            KS KUMAR
            Jul 1, 2017 at 10:35 am
            Tyagi has now realised the true colour of congress. He was accepting everything dictated by congress since 2014.
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