Lalu, Nitish in war of words: ‘Bihar ki beti’ vs Opposition’s losing strategy

RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who called the JD(U) decision to support Kovind and not the combined Opposition candidate a “historic blunder”, took a swipe at the Chief Minister, wondering how Nitish Kumar could claim to be working for a “Sangh-mukt” (RSS-free) country by backing an “RSS man”.

Written by Santosh Singh | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2017 12:20 pm
Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar, Presidential Polls, Dalit president At an Iftaar hosted by Prasad Friday, the chill in ties was evident. (PTI photo)

A day after Opposition parties fielded former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in the presidential election against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, a war of words erupted in Bihar between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad whose parties make the ruling coalition in the state.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who called the JD(U) decision to support Kovind and not the combined Opposition candidate a “historic blunder”, took a swipe at the Chief Minister, wondering how Nitish Kumar could claim to be working for a “Sangh-mukt” (RSS-free) country by backing an “RSS man”.

“We are still treading the path you had suggested to make the country ‘Sangh-mukt’… don’t know what made Nitish Kumar move away and extend support to an RSS man… Nitish Kumar is committing a big mistake by announcing support to Kovind and not supporting ‘Bihar ki beti’ Meira Kumar. I will also request LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan to support Meira Kumar,” Prasad told reporters at Patna airport after he arrived from New Delhi.

Nitish Kumar hit back, saying the Opposition had started with a “losing strategy” and wondered if this was how it was “preparing for 2019” when the next Lok Sabha polls are due. He said the JD(U) decided to support Kovind because he was “Governor of Bihar and had been completely non-partisan”.

“It is a defeatist strategy of the Opposition to field Meira Kumar. Why is the daughter of Bihar chosen for a losing cause? Why is the daughter of Bihar not fielded for a winning cause? Why did they not think of Bihar ki beti before? Is this the way the Opposition is preparing for 2019? I would say it is a losing strategy… There is no question of reconsidering our decision. We have taken the decision after proper thought… Kah rahein hain ki aitihasik bhool hai, karne dijiye, chhod dijiye (It is being called a historic blunder. Let me do it, let it be).”

Asked about Kovind’s “RSS background”, Kumar said Kovind started his political career under the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai, joined the BJP in the 1990s and was not associated with the RSS. He said his support to the NDA candidate must not be linked to the stability of the Grand Alliance in Bihar.

At an Iftaar hosted by Prasad, the chill in ties was evident. Kumar was offered the customary cap but there was hardly any conversation between the two leaders. Seated next to Prasad, Kumar chatted with Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary. Prasad and Kumar embraced as the latter rose to exit.

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    Satyanaryana Murty
    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:07 pm
    Why Nitish kumar Bihar chief minister is going acainst Lalu Yadav The entire ministry is full of yadavs The mahakatbandan was successful in Bihar but totally failed in case Uttar Pradesh Meera Kumar is the best for the prestigious post of thePresident to keep the respect of India Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and others keptthe theprestige Politics should be kept resrved for the highly prestigious posts and keep India's prestige
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      Saju Parambil
      Jun 24, 2017 at 5:55 pm
      Mr. Nitish has cheated all the congress and the JDU members who worked hard as the part of g alliance in Bihar election against BJP. As a candidate who is better just asses impartially. You are just a occupational politician.
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        Saju Parambil
        Jun 24, 2017 at 5:45 pm
        Mr. Nithish, you are a black leg. You will be called as a Judas in Bihar politics. Its the decission for protecting your personal interest and Not state. Better you become the part of NDA.
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          Saju Parambil
          Jun 24, 2017 at 5:44 pm
          Mr. Nithish, you are a black leg. You will be called as a Judas in Bihar politics. Its the decission for protecting your personal interest and state. Better you become the part of NDA.
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            romi
            Jun 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm
            don't know why importance is being given to corrupt laloo even his kids are not behind Laloo is nothing but a congi slave Nitesh knows what he is doing he has everyright to support the ex Bihar governor after all he is not joining NDA but probably will be India president
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                rk
                Jun 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm
                What's wrong with rabri devi..after all she is bihar ki bahu...isn't she..
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                  V R
                  Jun 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm
                  Bas chale to Lalu will make Rabidi prsident and his bbuffalos ministers in Bihar so that the whole wold can laugh at India.
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                    rajesh patel
                    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm
                    Dhoti, Lota aur Langoti for these Bihar thieves.
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                    Ram
                    Jun 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm
                    Sanghi Mukth India is the need!!! Hope Nitish Kumar seems the reality happening around India. People should come out and it is time to start the freedom struggle again.
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                      romi
                      Jun 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm
                      sangh is not a party but an organistaion it will remain irresctive to which party is in power get yr facts proper before showing yr hatred
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