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Lalu Incites Split, Says JD(U) MLAs Can Form Govt With RJD and Congress

Nitish Kumar, after tendering his resignation to Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, dropped three broad hints that showed his tilt towards the BJP.

Alok Kumar | News18dmalok

Updated:July 27, 2017, 6:53 AM IST
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Lalu Incites Split, Says JD(U) MLAs Can Form Govt With RJD and Congress
Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna hit out at Nitish Kumar after break up of alliance.

Patna: Lalu Prasad Yadav has sent an open invite to JD(U) MLAs to cross over and join the mahagathbandhan for forming the next government in the state in a desperate bid to stall Nitish Kumar’s next move.

“The MLAs of JD(U), RJD and Congress should now take a call on the next chief minister and deputy chief minister,” Lalu said pointing out that it was only Nitish Kumar who has walked out of the alliance.

“Nitish has joined hands with the BJP and RSS . What a drama this is. He resigns, PM Modi immediately tweets a welcome ,” he said in his first reaction to Kumar’s dramatic resignation as Bihar chief minister.

Mounting a scathing attack on his former ally, Lalu asked: “Nitish knew about the corruption allegations when he joined hands with me, so why continue the alliance for so much time?”

Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as Bihar Chief Minister following a standoff with ally Rashtriya Janata Dal, throwing the Grand Alliance into disarray. The alliance came into power with an overwhelming majority in 2015 on an anti-BJP plank.

Kumar met Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhawan and submitted his resignation hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav ruled out the resignation of his son and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav over a corruption scam. "I have resigned in the interests of Bihar," Kumar told reporters after coming out of Raj Bhawan. "I had no other options."

Lalu Prasad Yadav questioned the possibility of Nitish Kumar aligning with the BJP. “Nitish Kumar said he would rather be ground into dust than join hands with the BJP. What happened now?” taunted Lalu Yadav.

Nitish's resignation was followed immediately by a tweet from Modi, who said, "For joining the war against corruption I congratulate Nitish Kumar. A 125 crore strong India is welcoming and supporting this move." This tweet was followed by another tweet, “For the country, and particularly for Bihar, rising from petty party differences is what the present time and the nation demands.”

Nitish Kumar, after tendering his resignation to Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, dropped three broad hints that showed his tilt towards the BJP.

First point was that the Opposition can’t just play a reactive role in a democracy where criticism happens for the sake of it, second was his reminder that he supported demonetisation drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi because it was against corruption and black money, third was his statement that he supported President Ram Nath Kovind’s candidature because he is a good leader from a humble background.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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