Nitish Kumar: Tolerated RJD leaders a lot, didn’t have any choice than to break Grand Alliance

Nitish Kumar on Monday stated that he tried hard to save the grand alliance, but things were getting difficult for him after corruption charges against RJD leaders including Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav who was the deputy chief minister.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2017 6:15 pm
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Holding his first press conference after being sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar on Monday said he tried hard to save the Grand Alliance or the Mahagathbandhan, but things were getting difficult for him after corruption charges were levelled against RJD leaders, including Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav who was the deputy chief minister. “I didn’t have a choice as I tolerated everything. I thought this happens in an alliance,”said Kumar.

The chief minister said he had requested the RJD leaders several times to come clean on the corruption charges and explain them to public. “But it didn’t happen,” added Kumar. “There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or the police,” he told reporters.

Hitting out at the RJD for repeatedly accusing him of being hand in glove with the BJP even when the grand alliance was intact, Kumar said they would hint at a JDU-BJP tie-up every time a raid took place on their properties. “When the raids happened first, BJP was congratulated about a new ally through tweets, then explained within 40 mins, but what was its impact,” asked Kumar.

“Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent as I talked about zero tolerance on corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,” he said.

He maintained he never approached the BJP but the offer for an alliance came from the party’s top leadership. “The proposal came from BJP’s top leadership. Prime Minister also tweeted about it,” said Kumar.

Responding to the criticism over deserting a “secular alliance” and joining a “communal force”, which he had attacked in the past, Kumar said, “Secularism ka chaadar odh karke log sampati arjit karen, yahin matlab hai secularism ka? (To make illegal properties in the veil of secularism, is that what secularism means?)

He asserted that had the RJD leaders explained the corruption charges in public, the alliance would have survived. “I had asked to explain the corruption allegations, had they done that the situation could have been different,” said Kumar.

 

In a dramatic move last week, Nitish Kumar resigned as the chief minister and broke the JDU-RJD alliance in Bihar, only to be sworn in again with the BJP support. Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi replaced Tejashwi Yadav as the deputy chief minister.

The decision to tie up with BJP, however, didn’t go down well with several JDU leaders including Sharad Yadav who believed the end of “grand alliance” in Bihar was very “unpleasant” and “unfortunate”.

The RJD also filed two PILs in the Patna High Court against the formation of new JDU-BJP government in Bihar. However, the petitions was rejected by the court.

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    SubbuI
    Jul 31, 2017 at 7:05 pm
    NITISH KUMAR NOW SAYS NOBODY CAN DEFEAT MODI. HIS MODI BHJAN HAS STARTED WITH THIS STANZA. NOW LIKE VENKAIAH NAIDU AND OTHER BJP LEADERS HE HAS TO DO MODI BHJAN EACH AND EVERY OCCASION.NOW NITISH IS MODI BHAGTH NO 1. Chi. Chi-Besharam Namard and NEECH KUMAR
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      THATHAMAN
      Jul 31, 2017 at 7:10 pm
      I WOULD SAY MODI IS LESS POISONOUS THAN THIS KURCHI KUMAR.HE MAY BITE MODI ONE DAY. SNAKE CAN BITE ANOTHER SNAKE
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      vvvvv
      Jul 31, 2017 at 5:53 pm
      What Nitish Kumar making allegation there is any sense ok if he tell to lalu yadav we all agree for what the claim for Tejashwi Yadav to come clean in front of people. There is strain on him also long back but why he still becoming CM like badlow dal leader shame nitish kumar to u r political carrier there is strain on u also for involved in murder why u not clean that strain. I can say it is mistake of LAlu jee when he got more seat he should say to work under tejashi yadav to insult him... Jai hind
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        sahil
        Jul 31, 2017 at 5:44 pm
        kursi kumar used rjd/congress to stick to his kursi and now has jumped the ship for 2019
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          vvvvv
          Jul 31, 2017 at 5:27 pm
          Nitish kumar you are not clean and good politician if you want you can sit with Lalu jee along with Sharad Yadav .. Sonia Jee or Rahul jee and can discuss in more polite way. Your not clean and good from the begning this is petty u use Lalyu jee to get more seats and kik and back stab to democracy not to lalu jee or congressor maha gadbandhan .. Shame to your greedy politicial carrier from the beginning i was writing about you. You are really a oppotunist. Your futre is gone now bihar janta will never ever see you as CM o Bihar again. If you really clean to yur self now make election and win and become CM again .. Shame to... Death to Nitish Kumar with JD(U)... Lalu jee.. Sonia jee.. Rahul jee... Zinda bad... Jai Hind
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            Parth Garg
            Jul 31, 2017 at 5:09 pm
            Tutored statement. Soon Nitish will be given some insignificant portfolio at the Centre and Sushil Modi will become the CM of Bihar.
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              ASHOK
              Jul 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm
              Your DNA is now matching with GODSE.Plese stop your acting like MODI
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                Saju Parambil
                Jul 31, 2017 at 4:54 pm
                Dont try to be so smart and make people so fools. You have only lust for power. Other wise why didn't you face another election. You playing drama with midi.
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                  Saurabh
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 4:51 pm
                  Again the same point! Does he understand that Resigning from CM post AND Becoming CM again with BJP as alliance partner are 2 different events. He's constantly and perhaps deliberately hiding the 2nd event (Which is what people are mainly criticizing) under the garb of 1st. And why shouldn't he, people seem to be so bent upon supporting anything that's in favour of BJP/MODI that they forget that he was the one who broke off from BJP alliance in 2013 he was again the one who went for Lalu who was CONVICTED already. But desperate people don't have brains or time to ask- If FIRs are sufficient to break alliance how was CONVICTION not enough to not join hands with RJD. It's the move of going back with BJP not simply resigning that brings out his colors. Isn't it?
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