Former Rajya Sabha MP and expelled JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari Thursday accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of being the “main architect” of the RJD split. Tiwari, who was denied a fresh RS term, said Nitish was afraid of the BJP coming to power at the Centre and wanted to “manage” a majority in the Assembly “to at least remain CM” after the polls.
He also wondered how Nitish could plead innocence. “Aisi masumiyat par to kurban hone ko dil chahta hai (Such innocence makes one feel like sacrificing himself)”, remarked Tiwari, adding that the “fuel” to set the RJD on fire was provided by the JD(U). He also questioned whether the Speaker can take such a decision without taking the CM in confidence.
Tiwari, once close to the CM, was expelled along with four other LS MPs hours after his remarks.
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Criticising Nitish’s “autocratic” way of functioning, Tiwari said, “I was the one who came up with the idea of collecting one crore signatures to press our demand of special status (for Bihar). Nitish made me head of the campaign committee. But when I questioned his unilateral decision of not giving tickets to scions of politicians, I was kicked out of the committee without being informed.”
Tiwari also said that while he had asked Nitish to snap ties with the BJP on several occasions, he had no role in Nitish cancelling a dinner with BJP leaders in June 2010. “I was unnecessarily dragged into it,” he said.
Asked if he would join the RJD, he said, “I am not in the JD(U) and cannot go anywhere. (RJD leader) Rabri Devi does not like me and there is no question of going to the BJP and Congress.”