For the first time, the RJD has entered into an alliance with the CPI (ML), which has a not-insignificant chunk of votes - which are also mostly transferable - in several Lok Sabha constituencies, including Siwan, Jahanabad, Aurangabad, Ara, Karakat and Pataliputra.
Sources said that BJP president Amit Shah made a final effort to stop Manjhi from leaving the NDA by offering a ministerial berth in the Bihar government for his son, but Jitan Ram Manjhi had by then taken his decision.
The first indication we got was during the Presidential election. Earlier, when he supported the demonetisation...that we thought at the time of the Chidambaram book release he sort of corrected it, said Sitaram Yechury.
All those (JDU) legislators got elected against the programmes of the BJP. Who are the voters? The voters are secular voters. They have voted for secularism. They have not voted for the policies of the BJP, said Ghulam Nabi Azad.
On Wednesday, that script appeared straight out of a Bollywood potboiler, playing out over a few hours beginning in the evening, and ending past midnight. Nitish is learnt to have said, “The past is past. Let us work together with renewed energy and commitment, with zero tolerance for corruption.”
While one party leader said that Nitish “cannot be a natural ally of the BJP”, another said a section of leaders in Bihar cannot forget how Nitish Kumar had “humiliated BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, referring to his parting with BJP in the wake of Modi becoming the party’s Prime Minister candidate in 2013.
Tejashwi Yadav questioned the “haste” with which Kumar was invited to form the next government. RJD national spokesperson Manoj Kumar Jha said party was seeking legal opinion to challenge the Governor’s decision to invite the Kumar-led alliance to form the government.
Grand Alliance rift widens: The latest development comes a day after the RJD stiffened its stance despite growing calls for Tejashwi to resign after the Central Bureau of Investigation named him in an FIR on charges of corruption and cheating.