Nitish gets offers from RJD to join Opp Grand Alliance as Bihar NDA crisis deepens
Nitish Kumar is stated to be angry with BJP over 'humiliating' treatment
PATNA: Former Union minister and a close aide of jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad on Monday offered Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to be a part of the Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance as crisis deepened in NDA further.
The chief minister is said to be hugely annoyed at the way the BJP offered just one berth in the Narendra Modi cabinet despite his party, the JD-U winning 16 Lok Sabha seats.
“Each opposition parties in Bihar should come together if they want to defeat the BJP. Every means every, including Nitish Kumar,” senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told the media on Monday.
He said there was no permanent friends or foes in politics and denied party leader Tejashwi Yadav ever talked about shutting doors on Nitish Kumar.
“Has Tejashwi stated on the stamp paper that Nitish Kumar can’t come together? Unity among opposition parties is the need of the hour today,” Singh asserted.
RJD’s offer to the Bihar chief minister comes shortly after he inducted eight ministers in his cabinet from his JD-U on Sunday, leaving out BJP, amply indicating fissures in the Bihar NDA.
The non-induction of any BJP ministers in Nitish Kumar cabinet comes barely 48 hours after the JD-U was denied “respectable” place in the Modi cabinet.
The bitterness deepened further in the day yesterday when none from the BJP and the JD-U attended the Iftar parties hosted by each other. NDA leaders, however, deny any rift between the BJP and JD-U.
“This all happened because the timing of the function clashed. Nothing, as such, should be read into this,” JD-U spokesperson Dr Sunil Kumar said.