Amit Shah invites Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to join NDA

Aug 14, 2017, 00:29
Amit Shah invites Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to join NDA

The Bihar JD-U's state executive, party legislatures and all Bihar district presidents are with Nitish Kumar and have authorised him to take decisions in this hour of crisis, he added. The faction led by the 74-year-old claims to be backed by 14 state units of JD (U), who would pitch for the ouster of Nitish for joining hands with the BJP. "All the party legislators, leaders, who are close to the government for personal benefit are with Nitish Kumar, but leaders and workers close to the people are with me", Sharad Yadav said. "The original JD (U) in association with secular forces would form a government after next general election".

Paswan also said that an inquiry should be made in the death of around 60 children in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and action should be taken against the responsible. Nitish Kumar himself says that the JD (U) does not exist outside Bihar.

He said Mr Yadav had already chosen a path which "leads to the RJD".

Congress high command Sonia Gandhi had invited nearly all the opposition parties to unite as one entity against the BJP-led government on Friday, ahead of the last day of the monsoon session.

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RCP Singh, a confidante of the chief minister, will replace Yadav as the party leader in Parliament's Upper House.

Besides the JD (U), Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress were in the three-party coalition.

The JD (U) on Friday suspended Ali Anwar Ansari, its deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, for "anti-party activities". An invitation to join the NDA was extended by BJP president Amit Shah when Nitish went to meet him in Delhi on Friday.

"We are the real one as we are still with the principles of the JD-U, but they have changed and become BJD-U", he added, in a jibe at the Nitish Kumar faction which has sided with the BJP to form the government in Bihar. "I continue to stand for the 'gathbandhan'", he had said. We are not going to get cowed down by such threats.

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