JDU Attacks on BJP: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called a meeting of all Janata Dal (United) MLAs and MPs on Tuesday, fueling speculation that his escalating tussle with the BJP may come to a head.
Chief among the many reasons for Kumar’s displeasure with the BJP, an alliance partner of the Janata Dal (United), or JD(U) in Bihar, has been the offer of symbolic representation to allies of the BJP-led central government. central minister.
Mr Kumar’s party last month refused another Rajya Sabha seat to his former JD(U) ally RCP Singh, who had made it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet last year without consulting Mr Kumar. Yesterday, Mr Singh bid farewell to the JD(U) over the displeasure of the Rajya Sabha.
JDU Attacks on BJP
“There is a conspiracy against me as I will become a Union minister,” said Mr Singh, a former Indian Administrative Service officer who was once the national president of the JD(U). “All I will say is that there is no cure for jealousy,” he said leaving the JD(U) yesterday. Describing the JD(U) as a sinking ship, he said, “Nitish Kumar will not become the prime minister in any of his seven lives.”
Today, Mr Kumar responded to his party’s top leaders for responding to Mr Singh’s allegations of pettiness and citing illegal property deals for allegedly dragging his family into a political battle.
JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh, in a hurry to blunt the attacks by Mr. Singh, however, went overboard when he threatened the coalition party BJP.
Rajeev Ranjan told reporters, “What is the need to join the Union Cabinet? The Chief Minister had decided in 2019 that we will not be a part of the Union Cabinet.” He said the JD(U) would not join the Union Cabinet in the near future also, leading to speculations of a rift which cannot be repaired.
Nitish Kumar’s Party Attacks BJP
The sudden rise of Mr Kumar’s allies such as Rajiv Ranjan is seen as a well-intentioned move to pressure the BJP to accede to the chief minister’s demands, including the removal of Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Singh, for whom Nitish Kumar What I dislike is an open secret.
The chief minister had distanced herself from a meeting of government think-tank NITI Aayog in Delhi later this week, citing health reasons, which was attended by 23 chief ministers, including West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee. The absence was seen as another display of anger by Mr. Kumar at the BJP.
Mr Singh had denied the allegation that he was in direct talks with the Modi government for a ministerial post at the Centre. He said Home Minister Amit Shah had spoken to Mr. Kumar about cabinet expansion and offered a berth to the party on the condition that Mr. Singh himself would become a Union minister. Mr Singh also denied the JD(U)’s allegations that his property deals There are irregularities. “These properties belong to my wife and other dependents, who are paying the tax due since 2010,” he said. “I don’t know what the party wants to investigate. I have nothing to hide,” he said.