Saffron allies make Nitish see red

BIHAR Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was recently learnt to have complained to BJP president Rajnath Singh about two of his leaders from Bihar....

Published: February 23, 2009 3:08:44 am

BIHAR Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was recently learnt to have complained to BJP president Rajnath Singh about two of his leaders from Bihar — former union ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain. Kumar was said to have urged Singh to ask the two leaders not to indulge in criticising his government. Rudy had recently reacted strongly to JD(U)’s demand for contesting the Muslim-dominated seats in Bihar. “We are ready to give them 11 Muslim dominated seats and they should leave the remaining 29 Hindu-dominated seats for the BJP,” Rudy had reportedly said. This had annoyed Kumar. As for Hussain,insiders claim that he wants to have a say in the Kishanganj seat as well as his own Bhagalpur constituency. Kumar has someone else in mind for Kishanganj,said sources.

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