Call it the effect of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation policy, signs of disruption in the ruling Grand Alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress in Bihar have started appearing. While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has openly supported demonetisation, leaders of the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) are against the move.
Bihar Congress chief and education minister of the state Dr Ashok Choudhary on Wednesday expressed his disagreements with some leaders of the Grand Alliance. He said that the Congress has independent views on matters like demonetisation. He also said that the Grand Alliance can be disrupted anytime if the Congress high-command takes a decision in this regard.
Hindi daily Dainik Jagaran quoted him as saying, “We became part of the Grand Alliance following the direction of the Congress high command. If the high command decides, then the grand Alliance would break even today.”
This is the first time when any Grand Alliance leader has openly talked about a break-up. According to the report, Choudhary has even commented against the RJD on several occasions in past. Commenting on Nitish Kumar’s support to demonetisation, Choudhary said, “that is the view of his (Nitish) party”.
The demonetisation move has united most of the opposition parties in the country and the functioning of the Parliament has been stalled by them for the last several days.
The opposition claims that demonetisation decision was taken in haste and common people of the country were forced to suffer. However, the Modi government has denied the Opposition allegations. Despite the inconvenience, the general mood of the country is in favour of demonetisation.
Ex-PM Manmohan Singh today said in the Parliament, “We don’t disagree with objective of fighting graft but it
was a “monumental management failure” the way it was done.”