Nitish drops wannabe PM pretensions, Sharad calls alliance split unfortunate

Trevor Jackson
August 1, 2017

Five days after formation of a new Cabinet took place in Bihar under the leadership of Nitish Kumar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, the newly formed government transferred six Distric Magistrates (DM), 28 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and 44 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

"I told them to say factual things that would benefit the Grand Alliance but there was arrogance from the other side".

He made the comments at his first press conference after being sworn in as chief minister of Bihar for a sixth time.

Now the BJP is part of the government of Bihar, something, Yadav said, was not the original mandate of the people. Kerala JD (U) president Veerendra Kumar and Ali Anwar met senior leader Sharad Yadav to express their displeasure.

Kumar resigned as the chief minister on Wednesday evening, hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad refused to budge on demands for action against his son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav who is under investigation for alleged corruption.

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The new Nitish Kumar government in which the NDA is a coalition partner won the trust vote on Friday last. He had at the time cancelled a dinner being planned for BJP leaders and unceremoniously sacked all BJP ministers from his state government.

In 1991, criminal cases were filed against Nitish Kumar and he was accused of murdering Congress leader Sitaram Singh and injuring four others ahead of the Barh Lok Sabha by-election in November 1991. Even in the book release function of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, I had said that the opposition should not be reactive but proactive and Rahul Gandhi should set the agenda. "The charge against Nitish Kumar is much more serious and bigger than the charge of corruption (against Tejashwi Yadav)", Lalu had said on the day Nitish announced his resignation.

"We are not being rebellious, by meeting Sharad Yadav". However, press conference was remarkable for the pared-down ambition of Nitish Kumar.

RJD chief Lalu Yadav had earlier indicated that Sharad was sulking over Kumar's decision.

If Lalu had explained himself over the corruption allegations, then situation could have been different in Bihar, Nitish said.

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