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Nitish Kumar on joining hands with BJP: No ghar wapsi, grand alliance in Bihar will last full term

"As far as the Centre's approach against corruption through demonetisation is concerned, I am in support of such a move. It is up to all of you how interpret it," said Kumar.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 3, 2016 8:31:49 pm
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Rubbishing talks that his party was hobnobbing with the BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday said these were rumours meant to confuse people. In a conversation with journalist Barkha Dutt at HT Leadership summit, Kumar confirmed that the JDU-RJD alliance in Bihar will last its full term. “As far as the Centre’s approach against corruption through demonetisation is concerned, I am in support of such a move. It is up to all of you how you interpret it,” said Kumar.

On being asked to react on LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan’s statement saying Nitish Kumar is welcome to BJP, the chief minister said such statements do not merit response. “He is the same man who went to Pakistan and said he broke alliance with the BJP after the Gujarat riots, and today he is saying such things. I do not react to statements of such people.”

Lauding demonetisation, Kumar said it is also the right time to act against benami properties. Batting for prohibition, he urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose a nationwide ban on liquor. “Maximum corruption is in the liquor industry. Once you ban liquor, illegal activities will be hit and it will put an end to black money. I think it is the right time to impose ban on liquor in the entire country and act against benami properties.”

On being asked about his meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah, as reported by some media houses, Kumar said in jest: “The journalist who had reported it, the meeting happened at her farm house. So she should answer.” On being asked if he is denying meeting Shah, Kumar, again in a lighter vein, said “denial means 50 per cent confirmation”.

Kumar also denied allegations of lawlessness in Bihar and said he “cannot compromise on rule of law”. “People say there is no governance in Bihar. I want to ask what is governance. If you fulfill what you promise before polls is governance. Not breaking the promises and calling them a chunavi jumla.” said Kumar.

Reacting to his West Bengal counterpart calling him a ‘gaddar’ (traitor) for supporting demonetisation, Kumar said, “Aggression sometimes changes perception. And in politics perception matters a lot. People can say whatever they feel like.”

When being asked about the perception in political circles that there will soon be Nitish’s ghar wapsi (homecoming) in NDA, the Bihar Chief Minister said “that makes for a good headline”. “I do not want to clarify anything. Jahan lagega ki corruption ke against approach sahi hai Centre ka, hum samarthan karengey. Jisko jo interpret karna hai karey.”


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