Rahul Gandhi warns party leaders against targeting Nitish Kumar

The sparring began after senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad attacked Nitish Kumar for breaking ranks with the opposition and supporting NDA's pick Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential poll. People having one ideology take one decision while those with many ideologies take different decisions, he had said, apparently referring to JD (U)'s long association with BJP.

By: PTI | Patna | Published:July 6, 2017 6:00 pm
Rahul Gandhi, nitish kumar, presidential polls, ram nath kovind, meira kumar, rahul nitish friendship, gulam nabi azad, lalu prasad yadav Congress VP Rahul Gandhi (File)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is understood to have warned his party leaders of action if they continued to target Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, to smooth ruffled feathers of the crucial ally.

The JD(U), of which Kumar is the president, reciprocated by hinting that it would go with the opposition in the upcoming vice-presidential election. Media reports said Gandhi intervened in favour of Kumar and instructed party leaders not to criticise the Bihar chief minister.

Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhary confirmed to PTI that he had a meeting with Gandhi earlier this week in Delhi but refused to divulge what transpired there. The reports said that Gandhi, during his meeting with Choudhary, hinted that action would be taken against leaders issuing statements against Kumar. Gandhi was absent when the Congress-JD(U) spat broke out.

The sparring began after senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad attacked Kumar for breaking ranks with the opposition and supporting NDA’s pick Ram Nath Kovind for the July 17 presidential poll. He had alleged that Kumar wanted to ensure the defeat of ‘Bihar ki Beti’ Meira Kumar, who is the opposition’s candidate for the poll. People having one ideology take one decision while those with many ideologies take different decisions, Azad had said, apparently referring to JD (U)’s long association with BJP.

Some state leaders of the Congress subsequently attacked Kumar, who returned the fire by questioning Congress’s shift from the ideologies of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The JD(U) chief made it clear that his party was no “pichlagoo” (camp follower) of any party. The war of words between the JD(U) and the Congress threatened the Grand Alliance government in Bihar, which includes the Congress and RJD of Lalu Prasad.

Kumar’s bonding with Rahul Gandhi is well known in political circles. It is also known that it was at Gandhi’s intervention that the Congress had put pressure on Prasad to announce Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate on the eve of the 2015 Bihar Assembly poll.

The patch up between the two parties seems to have come at the right time as the combined opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar is arriving in Bihar on Thursday on a three-day visit. She is scheduled to meet Congress and RJD legislators and parliamentarians. However, no meeting with chief minister Kumar has been fixed.

Reacting positively to the Congress gesture, JD(U) has hinted that it could side with the opposition in the August vice-presidential poll. “If our party is invited to participate in a meeting of the opposition to discuss the issue of vice-presidential election, we will certainly attend,” JD(U) national spokesman K C Tyagi told PTI over phone.

JD(U) would support the united opposition’s candidate in the vice-president election, provided it is invited and consulted, he said. Asked who would represent JD(U) in the proposed opposition’s meeting, Tyagi said that it would be decided by Kumar and senior party leader Sharad Yadav. Choudhary, who is also the education minister in the Nitish Kumar-led government, told PTI, “We expect JD(U) would be with us in the vice-presidential poll.”

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    Raj V
    Jul 7, 2017 at 6:06 am
    The pseudo secular congress and its allies will have to toil hard to win. ignoring Nitish will bring their doom.
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          MSNMURTY
          Jul 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm
          Nitish kumar was aiming for the post of PM after he was successful in forming MAHAKATBANDAN in Bihar but utterly disappointed when UP was not successful on the path followed by Bihar So Nitish Kumar is playing some tricks to gain his importance Meira kumar is the best candidate for the prestigious post of President owing to her past image in various fields She will keep up the respect as kept by Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and others who have handled the assignment very perfectly Politics should not be mixed with presidential elections
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            Susan
            Jul 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm
            Rahul and team must note that Congress is out completely for decades...... PM is atleast doing something which is showing the results slowly and slowly.... Congress is now a party with silent leaders, spoiled country fighting various ANDOLANS to fulfill their evil / own desires....Neither Rahul nor Sonia or anyone else in CONGRESS is worth. They all are in resting stage now. ""ONLY BHASAN will to SERVE RASHAN """ Till elections leaders come with folded hands, make humble requests, with speeches of dreams come true but once come to power everything goes like what was in the past.... Hence, if you have spoiled, looted for so many years.... now let others to perform till 10 years and see the outcome.... What progress Congress has made for the nation, jobless, needs of people.....PM is doing which no one from CONGRESS can achieve / do. So it is time for congress to say good bye.
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              Dev Verma
              Jul 6, 2017 at 11:10 pm
              My suggestion to rahul gandhi (beta agar nahin hota hei tou rehney dey aur tumsay hoga bhi nahin) congress has gone so low that now they have started licking regional parties feet. Shame on him and his mother who bought tallest party of India to its knee and still doing. I don't know what politics is all about but catching up to BJP especially MOdi is beyond their reach. Lalu chor,mamta chor,mayawati,chor,mulayam chor,sonia and rahul chor who's left choron ka mahagathbandhan.....they all are depending on nitish a one leg horse and later what will happen its a big question mark ?????
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                Raman Vr
                Jul 6, 2017 at 9:34 pm
                Congress ( Sanjay Nirupam ) wants a preview of Indu Sarkar. Similarly has the Congress instructed the media on which photo of Rahlul is to be published? I see many times only a file photo of Rahul. Hence the querry.
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                  romi
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm
                  poor pappu his slaves are just not in his control its ok can speak against pappu but not against Nitesh Is he the new "high commend" ? also for how long ?
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