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Bihar NDA crisis deepens as BJP minister Giriraj Singh questions Nitish’s Iftar politics

Giriraj wonders why no such enthusiasm was shown during Navratra

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PATNA: The continuing crisis in the Bihar NDA deepened further on Tuesday when firebrand BJP leader Giriraj Singh launched frontal attacks on chief minister Nitish Kumar for showing extra enthusiasm in hosting Iftar parties for Muslims.

“How this would have been better when similar functions were organized for Navatra festivals? Why do we lag behind in our own religion but ‘dikhawa mein aage rahate hain (indulge in pomp and show)?” tweeted Giriraj Singh who was inducted as Union Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

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The tweet subtly attacking the chief minister after he was caught in the company of various ruling and opposition party leaders during the Iftar parties amply indicates all is certainly well in the NDA and that the rift between the JD-U and BJP has widened beyond repair.

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The JD-U reacted strongly to such comments coming from a senior leader like Giriraj Singh for whom the chief minister has intensely campaigned in the Lok Sabha elections in Begusarai. Giriraj ultimately won by over 4 lakh votes, defeating Left candidate Kanhaiya Kumar.

“Giriraj Singh should explain why he had repeatedly called up Nitish Kumar for joining his poll campaign if he hated him so much,” JD-U minister Ashok Chaudhary told the media on Tuesday.

He said his party believes in ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ literally.

“We don’t show hypocrisy. We are not the kind of leaders who say Mandir wahin banayenge lekin tarikh nahin batayenge,” JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh said. He suggested the BJP leadership to keep Giriraj Singh under control.

The rift between the two NDA partners has deepened after JD-U was not given ‘respectable’ treatment by the BJP during Narendra Modi cabinet formation last week and was offered only berth in the Modi cabinet which the JD-U rejected.

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