Addressing media for the first time after joining hands with BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said he had no option but to part ways with Lalu Yadav-led RJD. He added that his partymen never disrespected Lalu Yadav, the supreme leader of RJD, despite a number of objectionable comments from the other side. The Bihar Chief Minister said his party tried its best to save the alliance. “I didn’t have a choice, tolerated everything, thought this happens in alliance. Continued to work,” Kumar said. “After meeting CP Joshi and Lalu Yadav, I said that I will tender my resignation to Governor,” Nitish Kumar said. He added that BJP only approached JDU after he resigned as Chief Minister of Bihar. “BJP approached me soon after I resigned as Bihar Chief Minister, the party said that they are with us completely,” Nitish Kumar said.
“Many people said everything was pre-planned, but actually things occurred with a rapid pace,” he added. People in JDU were frustrated with this alliance, now, party units are happy with the decision, Nitish said. Speaking on the issue of secularism, Nitish said his party needs no certificate, and most of the minority-welfare works were done in JDU-BJP’s previous regime.
Coming down heavily on Lalu Yadav, Nitish Kumar said that RJD chief has always been speaking in an arrogant tone and had even termed him as venom after announcement of grand alliance. “After grand alliance, Lalu Yadav said he is ready swallow poison, am I poison,” Nitish Kumar added. Nitish Kumar said that there’s no challenge to Narendra Modi’s stature in current scenario. Bihar CM added that nobody can beat Modi 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
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