Bihar political crisis: Sangh-mukt, Modi wave a blower: Nitish Kumar history

In contrast, over the last four years, after snapping the 17-year-old ties between JD(U) and BJP, Nitish has often targeted the BJP and RSS, even calling for a “Sangh-Mukt Bharat” (RSS-free India) and “Sharab-Mukt Samaj” (liquor-free society).

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2017 1:27 pm
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On Wednesday evening, soon after Nitish Kumar resigned as Bihar Chief Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed his decision and congratulated him for “joining the fight against corruption”. Nitish responded by thanking him from the “bottom of my heart”.

In contrast, over the last four years, after snapping the 17-year-old ties between JD(U) and BJP, Nitish has often targeted the BJP and RSS, even calling for a “Sangh-Mukt Bharat”.

*  Participating in a panel discussion to mark the launch of Fearless In Opposition, a collection of columns by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in The Indian Express published by Rupa, in New Delhi on February 10 this year, Nitish underlined that “maximum Opposition unity” was the need of the hour. Click here for Nitish Kumar swearing-in LIVE updates

Pointing at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, he said: “Why will they (BJP) set the agenda? Why doesn’t Rahulji set the agenda… Right now, the need of the nation is Opposition unity. The day this Opposition unity comes, you see what happens. There is nothing to fear. Everything will be all right. We should follow our agenda 90 per cent, and should react to the agenda of others only 10 per cent. We should move forward after setting our own agenda with maximum Opposition unity.”

*  In May 2016, addressing a party rally in Varanasi, Modi’s parliamentary constituency, Nitish called for a “Sangh-Mukt Bharat” (RSS-free India) and “Sharab-Mukt Samaj” (liquor-free society). He made the same pitch at another rally in Musa Nagar in Uttar Pradesh in the first week of August last year. Read: Hours after PM tweets in praise, BJP and JD(U) join hands, swearing-in today. Click here

*  Earlier too, while addressing the ‘Advantage Conclave’ in Patna on April 17 last year, Nitish said all parties would have to join hands to ensure a “Sangh-Mukt Bharat”. “Ab aisi paristhiti me, aaj seedhe do dhuree hogi. BJP ek taraf hai, aur doosri taraf sab logon ko milna padega, warna alag-alag rahenge to alag-alag yeh sabka bura haal kar denge. Ye sab ko ekatrit hona hoga… Ek baar Lohiaji ne gair Congresswaad ki baat ki thi. Aaj wahi daur aa gaya hai jab aapko gair Sanghwaad karna padega. Iske liye sabko ekjut khada hona hoga. Sangh-Mukt Bharat banane ke liye sabhi gair BJP party ko ek hona hoga (In the current situation, there will be two axes of power. On the one hand is the BJP, and on the other, everybody will have to join hands. Otherwise, if we remain separate, they (BJP) will create problems for everyone. All will have to come together… At one time, Lohiaji had talked about anti-Congressism. Today, the time has come when you will have to talk about anti-RSSism. All will have to join hands for this. All non-BJP parties will have to join hands for an RSS-free India),” he said at the conclave.

* After the grand alliance was formed, Nitish, while announcing the list of candidates in Patna on September 24, 2015, said: “RSS is like the Supreme Court for BJP. BJP talks about development, but does the politics of dividing… be it in the name of caste or religion.”

* In the run-up to the Bihar Assembly polls, Modi had launched a blistering attack on Nitish, saying there was something wrong with his “political DNA” that led him to desert his friends. Hitting back, Nitish said the remark was “indecent” and an “insult” to Bihar, and announced a “TakeBackYourWords” campaign under which 50,000 people from Bihar were to send their DNA samples to Modi in September 2015.

* On August 6, 2013, a few months after parting ways with the BJP, Nitish was invited to the 6th annual lecture of the National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi. “These days, there is talk of a wind. It is not a natural wind, but a wind forced through a blower (yeh kudrat ki hawa nahin, yeh toh blower ka hawa hai),” he said.
He also said that in order to govern a country like India, one has to take everyone along. “Kabhi topi bhi pehenni padhegi, kabhi tilak bhi lagana padega (Sometimes you will have to wear a cap, and sometimes you will have to put tilak),” he said. His remark was seen as an attack on Modi, who had refused to wear a skullcap offered by a Muslim cleric during his sadbhavna fast in 2011.

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  1. Nishant Choudhary
    Jul 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm
    It's good for Bihar and country as a whole . Lalu and family has looted Bihar in the name of Poor , Dalits and minorities. Lalu was hurdle in good governance . All the official postings were being done on his instructions. Even doctors and nurse were posted at his official residence, flouting all norms of proprietary. Lalu kept Bihar in dark age and exploited people in the name of caste and religion.
    1. Madan Gopal Kapoor
      Jul 28, 2017 at 8:20 am
      Nitish changes colours like a chameleon. Modi had said Nitish's DNA was suspect. He was right. Nitish's DNA is really suspect. If he was against corruption why did he join hands with Lalu accused of various scams or with Congress accused of 2G scam? He dreamt to be PM candidate of the opposition. He thought of being so named by the Opposition. But when he did not succeed, he left Mahagathbandhan. Nitish's career is finished. He is going to be a puppet in BJP hands. He is reminiscent of Chander Shekhar, ex PM, who formed Govt with Congress support that was later withdrawn. You r great let down, Nitish and will be remembered as "Jai Chand" of opposition Unity. I used to be a great admirer of you. You have totally disappointed me. I now hate you. Where is your promise of BJP mukt Bharat? "Mar jaoongs par BJP ke saath nahin jaoonga". I would have appreciated if after breaking the alliance you had refused to take support fm the Saffron Party. Shame on you, Nitish. May even God not help you.
      1. S
        Jul 28, 2017 at 1:45 am
        Hey Guys !!! What is wrong with political opportunism ? Politicians always do it . So what is the big deal ?
        1. V
          V M
          Jul 27, 2017 at 11:09 pm
          Sangh-mukt, congress-mukt, corruption free Bharat, promoting ideals of Gautam Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi will be a World Leader of 21st Century. RSS should focus on social service, not high politics.
          1. kk
            Jul 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm
            You guys even think of the people voted for this alliance, they trusted everyone in that.. now if this happen, what our Leaders teaching Indians,, this is going way too much, clearly no respect for people or for democracy. Anyway this is politics, the more dirtier, the more merrier for all media.. and now media is also in the hands of BJP, i think we all have no need to vote in 2019, its going to be a waste, because whomever we choose, will change later.. welcome to a new modern teaching of politics.. Gone in the wind our cons ution.. totally wrong teachings and will end in great disaster for the future of our country. Long Live India GOD Bless India.
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