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Not PM Face for 2019; Media Projections Rarely True: Nitish Kumar | July 3, 2017, 2:22 PM IST
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A day after hitting out at the Congress at an internal meeting of the JD(U), Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is now swearing by the Mahagatbangdhan. At a press conference held a short while ago, he played down reports of a rift in the alliance. But he had a line of advice for fellow opposition parties: We need an alternative narrative, not a reactive narrative.

Will the other parties react? Stay tuned for live updates:
Jul 3, 2017 1:16 pm (IST)

"Such things keep happening in politics. When I go to Patna I will see," says UPA presidential candidate Meira Kumar.

Jul 3, 2017 12:30 pm (IST)

Talking about Sushil Modi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said, "He (Sushil) is a former colleague, he has a habit of giving statements everyday. He does it for the media."

Jul 3, 2017 12:26 pm (IST)

Nitish Kumar during his address to the media also took a dig at Rahul Gandhi and said, "We have forgotten the farmer issue, many within the Congress and opposition admit in private that issues like demonetisation etc does not work against the BJP government."

Jul 3, 2017 12:24 pm (IST)

Another point of contention within the Mahagathbandhan was the JD(U)’s decision to attend the launch event of GST in Parliament at the midnight stroke of June 30. Senior JD(U) leader and Bihar Energy Minister Bijender Prasad Yadav attended the special session, while the Lalu-led RJD and the Congress had boycotted it.

Jul 3, 2017 12:23 pm (IST)

We have always supported GST. It will bring transparency to the system. It's a reform, minor issues might crop up in the beginning but nothing that cannot be ironed out. There is no point in asking me why I did not attend it as I was not invited to the midnight GST event at the parliament: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Jul 3, 2017 12:19 pm (IST)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, though, had cleared the air, saying she was not upset with Nitish's decision to back the NDA candidate. Lalu, on the other hand, trained guns on Nitish Kumar, saying Bihar chief minister had committed a "historical mistake" by extending support to Kovind. 

Jul 3, 2017 12:18 pm (IST)

The JD(U) has scotched rumours that Nitish Kumar will not attend RJD's proposed rally in Patna next month. "We will definitely participate in the rally if RJD extends its invitation to our leader Nitish Kumar," Bihar JD(U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh has said.

Jul 3, 2017 12:17 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Nitish Kumar: Lonely But Not Yet At The Top

Nitish Kumar is an ambitious person. And astute too. Who else but he could discard the friendship of a powerful BJP, align with the corruption-charged Lalu Yadav and family, run a coalition with the disgraced Congress and get away with it?

Jul 3, 2017 12:16 pm (IST)

The JD(U) and the RJD along with the Congress are the partners in the ruling grand alliance in the state. The differences between the two major partners of the alliance surfaced ever since the JD(U) unilaterally announced its support to former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, NDA's presidential nominee, without waiting for the united candidate of the Opposition.

Jul 3, 2017 12:16 pm (IST)

Have you seen of late that those who get projected in the media never make it, says Nitish Kumar.

Jul 3, 2017 12:15 pm (IST)

"I am not the face of the opposition. I do not have the capability of being the opposition face for 2019. I do not want that role, nor do I have the capability," says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. "I do not want to be Prime Minister," added Nitish.

Jul 3, 2017 12:13 pm (IST)

Nitish Kumar says opposition is not for the sake of opposition. “We must set the alternative agenda. At a function, in the presence of Mr Chidambaram and Rahul Gandhi, I had asked the Congress to take the lead.”

Jul 3, 2017 12:13 pm (IST)

The Presidential Elections are being projected in such a manner that the farmers' issues has taken a back seat: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Jul 3, 2017 12:10 pm (IST)

For an effective opposition, an alternative agenda is important. Responding is important, but it cannot be the only thing, says Nitish Kumar

Jul 3, 2017 12:09 pm (IST)

At the meeting, CM Kumar, however, reportedly refused to say anything about or against the Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's rally "BJP hatao, desh bachao", scheduled for August, where Lalu is expected to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Jul 3, 2017 12:08 pm (IST)

The cracks in the ruling Mahagathbandhan in Bihar had surfaced on Sunday after Nitish Kumar lashed out at Congress party in a meeting with Janata Dal United (JDU) leaders. Sources told CNN-News18 that Kumar accused Congress of "dumping Mahatma Gandhi's ideology", adding that he had nothing to learn from the grand old party. "We do not follow anyone, we are clear with our principles," Kumar had reportedly said. 

Jul 3, 2017 12:07 pm (IST)

Party issues are discussed in the meeting. There should be no interpretation of its outside, says Nitish Kumar

Jul 3, 2017 12:07 pm (IST)

There is no issue. The schemes promised by the grand alliance are being implemented: Nitish Kumar

Jul 3, 2017 12:05 pm (IST)

Every party has its own thought process and we have to work accordingly, says Nitish Kumar

Jul 3, 2017 12:05 pm (IST)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is addressing a press conference amid rumours of a rift in the Bihar Mahagathbandhan

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