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Bihar BJP-JD(U) Updates: BJP in 'Wait & Watch' Mode as JDU's Lalan Singh Meets Nitish Kumar, Top RJD, Cong Leaders Called to Patna

Both the RJD and the Congress have summoned their MLAs and MLCs to Patna amid reports of rift in the NDA alliance in Bihar

By: News Desk

Majid Alam

News18.com

Last Updated: August 08, 2022, 09:59 IST

New Delhi, India

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JD(U) Not to Join Union Council of Ministers Again: Party National President

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sought time to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi as the JD(U) chief was upset over the BJP portraying state as a terror haven. The development comes after sources said that Nitish Kumar dialled Sonia Gandhi on Sunday. Nitish has also called a parliamentary meeting of all its MPs, MLAs and MLCs on Tuesday amid a buzz of a conflict with its partner, the BJP.

There are speculations of rift between the alliance partner after months of differences over a range of issues. Meanwhile, Bihar Congress has also asked it’s MLAs and MLCs to remain present at Patna.

Nitish also skipped the Niti Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. It is for the fourth time since July 17 that the Bihar CM has skipped the meeting called by the partner BJP.

Meanwhile, Top JD(U) sources have told CNN News18 that the alliance with BJP is “at dead end”, adding that the meeting called by CM Nitish Kumar is crucial. Sources privy to the developments said that Nitish Kumar had dialled Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday.

Last month, Nitish Kumar had skipped the oath-taking ceremony of NDA pick President Droupadi Murmu. Before that, on July 17, Kumar gave a miss to a meeting of chief ministers called by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss issues related to the national flag and deputed BJP’s Tarkishor Prasad instead.

The development comes a day after former Union Minister RCP Singh announced his resignation from JD(U) hours after some reports surfaced that the party had sought an explanation from him over allegations of corruption.

On Singh’s resignation, Tyagi said the matter would be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting. “The issue will be discussed and CM Nitish Kumar will decide action against him and the party will support his decision.”

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