Nitish Kumar not to attend Opposition meet over Vice-Presidential candidate

Nitish Kumar had also opted out of attending the Opposition's meeting last month to discuss the presidential candidate. Extending support to NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind instead, he had defended his decision by reasoning that NDA had picked a leader from Bihar.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 10, 2017 11:57 am
Nitish Kumar, Opposition meet, Vice-Presidential Polls, Cracks in Grand Alliance Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking to media during Lok Samvad programme at 1 Anne Marg, in Patna on Monday. (PTI Photo, File)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will not attend the Opposition meeting on Tuesday, called to shortlist a candidate for the upcoming Vice-Presidential elections, reported NDTV on Monday. The meeting, which will be chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, will see members of 17 Opposition parties in attendance. Kumar, instead, is likely to attend a Janata Dal (United) conclave in Patna tomorrow called in the wake of the cracks within the ruling Grand Alliance.

Kumar had also opted out of attending the Opposition’s meeting last month to discuss the presidential candidate. Extending support to the NDA’s nominee and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind instead, he had defended his decision by reasoning that NDA had picked a leader from Bihar.

The idea of uniting opposition parties ahead of the 2019 General Elections was first pitched by Kumar and his ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav, to Sonia Gandhi. The opposition parties subsequently met to nominate Congress leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for the post of President.

The JD(U) meet tomorrow will be attended by all its legislators. Sources in the party told The Indian Express that they will pressurise Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to resign as Deputy Chief Minister, given the corruption charges filed against him by the CBI. Also read: JD(U) calls meet, pressure builds on Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to quit as Deputy CM. Click here.

A party leader told The Indian Express, “From what we have gathered so far, Nitish would expect Tejashwi to offer his resignation before being asked to do so. If Tejashwi resigns on his own, he may earn the Chief Minister’s respect and can take the high moral ground on corruption. This will also blunt the BJP’s attack on the JD(U) leadership and allow some breathing space for the Grand Alliance.”

Last Thursday, the central agency raided properties connected to Yadav as part of its investigation into a corruption case. Prasad called it BJP’s “political vendetta” against his family. Kumar, who still hasn’t publicly commented on the events, has reportedly not spoken to Yadav and is waiting for the latter to make the first move.

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  1. K
    Jul 12, 2017 at 2:19 am
    Nitish is a BJP member now nothing to hide.
    1. Kustagi Raghavendrachar
      Jul 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm
      If Nitish Kumar takes a tough stand on tainted minister he will get the support of the people of Bihar.If he dilutes his decition and allows tejaswi to continue in govt his re tion as a clean poli ian will be severely hit.Scam famous Congress' support will readily be available to RJD .The prince of congress party had torn the draft copy of the ordinance which if had been passed would have given opportunity to Laalu to contest elections.But now every one undestands that this prince of congress had enacted a drama in front of pressmen when he tore the ordinance copy.Now that same Laalu is a great friend of Rahul. And he supports the tainted lAALU family.Nitish has to protect his image.Will he do?
      1. R
        Ramesh Chhabra
        Jul 10, 2017 at 7:11 pm
        Mr. Nitish Kumar might be interested in becoming Vice- President of Bharat.
        1. D
          Dev Verma
          Jul 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm
          Nitish Kumar is becoming another manmohan singh in hands of corrupts. He should immediately get rid of scamist if he has clean image.
          1. J
            Jul 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm
            Bihar ka thug ab national level per khel raha hai... jk
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