PATNA: Prime Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar on Friday he tried to downplay the split suffered by Janata Dal (United) in Arunachal Pradesh, where all but one of the party’s MLAs joined the BJP.
Kumar, who is the national chairman of the JD (U) s, tried to reject with a bitter laugh the development in the northeastern state, where his party had won seven seats in the assembly polls held last year and became the main opposition group as the BJP, its coalition partner in Bihar, gained power.
“We are focusing on our proposed meeting. They went their own way,” Kumar said in response to questions from reporters about the split that took place ahead of the JD (U) national executive and national council meetings scheduled here. week.
The JD (U) contested polls in a number of states without having a truck with the BJP, insisting that its link with the saffron party was “limited to Bihar”.
The party only made an exception in the polls of the Delhi assembly earlier this year, which fought in alliance with the BJP even as the coalition suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Aam Aadmi party.
Success in Arunachal Pradesh had helped the JD (U) gain recognition as a state party there, a development that was hailed by its ranks as proof of its growing footprint under the leadership of the Prime Minister of Bihar.
Meanwhile, the RJD-Congressional opposition combination has come out with statements claiming that development in Arunachal Pradesh has given a clue to the shape of things to come in Bihar, where JD (U) has already ceased to be the senior partner of the coalition.
“The BJP, violating the coalition’s dharma, tried to send a clear message that it cares about two Nitish Kumar who, on the other hand, is wary of even reacting, “RJD National Vice President Shivanand Tiwary said in his statement.
He also said this in a meeting with the prime minister Narendra Modi in the national capital recently, the states two deputies CM: Tar Kishor Prasad and Renu Devi- were informed by the former that the people of Bihar had placed their trust in the BJP, which resulted in a majority for the NDA.
The BJP won 74 seats in the October-November Bihar polls catapulting the NDA into power despite the poor performance of the JD (U) whose tally slipped to 43 from 69 previously.
“This can be interpreted as a statement that the BJP, and not Nitish Kumar, enjoyed the trust of the people … the game the BJP had tried to play by supporting Chirag Paswan against the Prime Minister is melting, “said Tiwary, who had previously been with the JD (U).
He also said that Kumar will be “welcomed” if he chooses to “make a bold decision instead of enduring offense”.
Spokesman of the BPCC Rajesh Rathor he said in his statement that the development in Arunachal Pradesh was a warning sign for Nitish Kumar who had to act “before it is too late”.
“The BJPs used to swallow, like a python, his alliance partners. He tried, unsuccessfully, with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. In Arunachal Pradesh, he targeted JD (U) MLA despite having the majority, “Rathor said.
Stating that the Prime Minister of Bihar “was no longer able to breathe a sigh of lamentation”, the congressional spokesperson asked Kumar to hurry “not to lose a major part of your MLAs to the ambitious BJP in Bihar as good”