Nitish supports Modi on demonetisation: All well in Mahagathbandhan?

The move goes against the position of JDU’s Mahagathbandhan allies the Congress party and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal on the issue.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Published:November 21, 2016 1:51 pm
Nitish Kumar, Narendra Modi, demonetisation, denomination demonetise, JDU, Mahagathbandhan, Congress, Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD, Rashtriya Janata Dal, india news Bihar CM Nitish Kumar PTI Photo

Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar has uncharacteristically stood in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recent days, particularly in the latter’s move to demonetise high denomination currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. The move goes against the position of JDU’s Mahagathbandhan allies the Congress party and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal on the issue.

Recently, news agency PTI quoted Nitish as saying: “I am in favour of the decision to demonetise Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes which will help end ‘2 number ka dhanda’ (illegal business).” He added criticism for not planning enough to avoid the hardships faced by the common man due to demonetisation but accepted that the move was in the best interest of the country.

Also, it was due to the threat of the BJP which was making inroads into Bihar that the JDU tied hands with arch rivals Rashtriya Janata Dal, led by Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress party in a Mahagathbandhan. Meanwhile, Nitish’s allies have raised protests against the currency ban and the resultant cash crunch in the system.

Nitish has been a staunch opposer of PM Modi and his policies. Much like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who launched a stinging attack on the BJP from Delhi after demonetisation was announced, Nitish is also seen as a champion of the masses and the working class. His policies for job creation have made him popular in the country and forged his image as a pro-growth leader. It is this popularity that convinced Lalu and company that an alliance with Nitish will be beneficial to gain political and bureaucratic clout again in the state.

Nitish’s support to BJP’s move, however, seems uncharacteristics. For months on end, reports have been coming out of the Nitish-Lalu camp that all is not well between the two with indication that the latter has heavy-handedly controlled the bureaucratic appointments and key decisions of the government.

RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has questioned the manner in which demonetisation was done and spoke out that if the government didn’t deposit Rs 15 lakh into the bank accounts of Indian citizens from the black money seized then it will prove to be a fake strike on black money. Congress has continued its offensive in Parliament and opposed the move completely terming it as a measure that has left the country crippling.

All developments give rise to speculations whether the alliance will last the course of its tenure or Nitish is preparing for higher political platforms in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to enter the NDA fold led by the BJP.

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    SubbuI
    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm
    IF NITISH SUPPORT NALAYAK HITLER TUGHLAQ NMODI IN THIS DEMONETISING FRAUD THEN SOME THING IS DEFINITELY WRONG. RJD AND CONGRESS MUST WITH DRAW THE SUPPORT.LET NITISH GO BACK TO NDA AND GET HIS DNA RECHECKED.
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      sethuram Sethuram
      Nov 21, 2016 at 9:33 am
      Once God appeared in front of Lalluji and said, "I really praise you for all the good deeds you have done including the clay tea cups you introduced in the railways. I want to grant you a wish, ask me whever you want I will fulfil your wish". Lallu thought for a minute and said, "Bhagvan please grant me five swimming pools, one full of milk and four full of water" and winked at God. God disappeared in disgust and has not been seen ever after.
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        Kannada First
        Nov 21, 2016 at 10:16 am
        All leaders feel insecure about Modi. But Nitish can be his best friend.
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          emittrap
          Nov 21, 2016 at 9:39 am
          Of all the SICKULAR LOTs, Nitish is the only honest politician whose party functioning has a semblance of democracy. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All other SICKULARs lost tons of black money which has paralyzed their party functions and crippled their NOTE FOR VOTE plans in the coming embly polls.
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            fagen bihari
            Nov 21, 2016 at 10:46 am
            Nitish Kumar is honest and uncorrupted. He may be ambitious but he does not believe and support black money.I think he does not have any hidden source of money except the party fund which is generated by donations.So by demonetization he is not going to lose anything personally where all other leaders including Mamata and Kejriwal have amed a huge amt of black money for their political amd personal welfare .They are the main losers by the demonetization move.So they are shouting in a shameless manner and exposed themselves that they are corrupt having huge unaccounted cash .Naturally their political death comes nearer..
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              manian
              Nov 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm
              Oh GOD,what is happening to Nitish kumar? It is time he revives his alliace with BJP in the interest oh Bihar and India.
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                Murthy
                Nov 21, 2016 at 8:35 am
                None can work with Jungle Prasad Yadav for long. Somehow he will mix water with milk and sell it to you at double market price.
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                  Indian
                  Nov 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm
                  little nicely.....Feku's bhakts wont be able to digest all the Open truth about Feku in one day......
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