Grand alliance won’t break, it’s our baby, says Nitish Kumar

On Tuesday, Nitish flagged his party’s “zero tolerance” of corruption. Sources said there is a possibility of a meeting between the Congress leadership and Nitish this month, when the JD(U) president is in the national capital on July 22-23 to attend his party’s national executive. The party event is on July 23.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2017 7:19 am
Nitish Kumar discusses political situation with Sonia, likely to meet Congress leaders. (File photo)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is believed to have had a “good” discussion with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on a day the Janata Dal (United) clearly spoke about keeping the grand alliance in the state alive, asking how can “we kill our own baby”. Lalu Prasad’s RJD, the Congress and the JD(U) are in the alliance that was under strain following Nitish’s support to the NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and his silence over the CBI searches on properties owned by Lalu and his family.

On Tuesday, Nitish flagged his party’s “zero tolerance” of corruption. Sources said there is a possibility of a meeting between the Congress leadership and Nitish this month, when the JD(U) president is in the national capital on July 22-23 to attend his party’s national executive. The party event is on July 23.

“The grand alliance is not going to break. It is our own baby. How can we kill it?” JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi asked on Wednesday and urged “friends” to first see what the Bihar Chief Minister had actually said in the party’s meeting in Patna a day ago. Sources said after Rahul had a discussion with Nitish over phone on Tuesday evening, Sonia had a brief phone chat with the Bihar CM on Wednesday morning and discussed the current political situation. Sonia thanked Nitish for his support to Opposition Vice-Presidential nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Gandhi’s name was finalised at a meeting of 18 Opposition parties, including the JD(U), on Tuesday, in which Sharad Yadav represented Nitish’s party. It was unclear whether Yadav attended the Opposition meeting on his own or had the consent of Nitish. Sources said Nitish had a telephone conversation with Yadav on Tuesday night and discussed the over-all emerging political scenario vis-à-vis the role the JD(U) has to play. It was learnt that senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, whose remarks led to sharp exchanges between Congress and JD(U), also had a word with Nitish and other leaders of the party.

Nitish’s support to Gandhi signals a thaw in the Congress-JD(U) relationship, which has seen both parties at loggerheads after Azad’s remarks on June 26 that had sugggested that Nitish was a political opportunist. In Patna, Tyagi said: “Friends of the RJD should not overreact. They should find out what Nitish Kumar exactly said in the meeting. The JD(U) has not sought (Lalu’s son) Tejashwi’s resignation, nor fixed any time limit. Nitish Kumar did not give any four-day ultimatum to Tejashwi. He did not take the name of either the RJD or Tejashwi in the meeting.”

He added: “The minimum and the maximum of what Nitish Kumar has said is that persons on whom there are charges must come clean.”

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    Rajeev
    Jul 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm
    Very Simple if there is Gran Alliance in UP and Bihar the BJP would end up less than 10 out of 125 seats Which also doubly ensure there is no BJP Government in the India. Please make this alliance and go ahead for 2019 Elections and it would be a real Election thereafter.
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      Sumit
      Jul 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm
      And loot india. All corrupt parties should really come together and ensure that BJP is not able to govern.
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      FRANCIS COUTINHO
      Jul 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm
      dont allow bjp designs of weakening oppostion parties to extent of generating false allegations to succeed in their misguiding innocent citizens
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        Sumit
        Jul 18, 2017 at 8:23 pm
        Yes. Totally agree. Akhilesh and mayawati should come together to ensure goondaraj in UP and looting it. There is no point in giving good life to people in UP like us.
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        Chander Pal
        Jul 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm
        An unauthorized person went on pushing for a seat in a reserved railway compartment and was continuously been thrashed by the authorized travelers. When confronted that why you don't listen but keep on accepting the thrashing. His reply was because to enter the reserved compartment is in my genes and have to accept thrashing since I am wrong. So that is Nitish for all of us.
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          vvvvv
          Jul 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm
          This is BJP Modi and amit shah want ice break but they are still kids in front of Soni jee Kumar Jee, they have to learn more politics. Kumar not play kaccha (Childish) Game he realized the power of Sonia more than Two idts. Now th game of Shah Modi will get full stop at 2019.. Jai Hind
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            module
            Jul 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm
            It's a good gesture and moved by the oppositions. BJP will always try brake the alliances, but every oppositions must be keep united and fight back for every wrong decisions and be careful about media and their activities. Because in India, we've more than 300 news channels with more than 500 various languages news papers, in that 95 percentage with negative news, which are impacting people.
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              Kapil Dev Suri
              Jul 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm
              Natish is selfish .power hungry and opportunist . once he promised to end Jangal raj of lalu instead shook hand with him for remaining in power lalu has been exposed clearly that he , Rabri devi took bribe in the name of DAAN , DONATION AS HE WAS TEMPLE BRAHMIN PUJARI AND RECEIVED BILLIONS OF RUPEE OUT OF MISUSE OF POWER ?. LET US KNOW WHAT IS HIS SOURCE OF INCOME FROM WHERE HE AND HIS FAMILY MADE BILLIONS OF RUPEE . ?LAU SON WHO IS UNDER MATRIC IS MADE DEPUTY CM AND HIS ILLITERATE WIFE WAS MADE CHIEF MINISTER WHETHER ALL OTHER SENIOR PARTY MEMBERS OF LALU HAD DIED . SO UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IF NATISH CONTINUE TO IGNORE CORRUPTION OF LALU DYNASTY NO FACTOR WILL SAVE HIM FROM THE PUNISHMENT OF PUBLIC WHICH IS SURPRISED OVER THE DOUBLE STANDARD AT UDE OF NATISH ? .
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                vvvvv
                Jul 13, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                No need to surprise friend this is politics still Sonia gee and kumar gee have more cards to play than Modi and Shah .. Jai Hind
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                BHAGWAT GOEL
                Jul 13, 2017 at 11:58 am
                NITISH IS d at MOTIVATED BY SELF INTEREST. ALL CLEVER BY HALF FALTER AS HE DID IN 2014 AFTER HIS CONSPIRACY WITH ADVANI EACH WANTED TO BE PRIME MINISTER ON THE SHOULDER OF OTHER. RIGHT NOW HE IS ANGLING TO BE JOINT CANDIDATE FOR 2019 OR DY PM WITH MODI . LATER OPTION IS NOT OPEN. I DOUBT ALL OPPOSITION WITH ACCEPT HIM. CERTAINLY NOT SONIA AS IT WILL BURY SONIA CONGRESS FOR EVER.
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                  vvvvv
                  Jul 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm
                  this is your day dream kumar never trust modi already he trusted with modi of bihar and he learnt lesson enough is enough.. This gadbandhan teach Modi and Amit shah good lesson in 2019... Jai Hind
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                  manian
                  Jul 13, 2017 at 11:48 am
                  Nitish is certainly in a dilemma.If he takes a bold stand against corruption breaks the alliance,he has to fall on BJP to save the govt which will reduce his stature spoil his dream of 2019.If he closes his eyes continue the party with Lalu he cannot take any moral ethical stand in future.He also will become another adjustment politician
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