Ratifying appointment of Nitish Kumar as its president, making strategies for its expansion in other states with 2019 parliamentary poll in mind, JD(U) met for a two-day national council meet on Sunday at Rajgir. While many perceived Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the prospective candidate for Prime Minister, the former spoke little about it.
“Gadhe ke upar jo bhi bhaar laad diya jaata hai wah usko dho leta hai — chhe man laad dijiye ta aath man. Mai to mehnat karne wala aadmi hoon, din bhar me 15 ghante kaam karta hoon. Jis din kaam nahi rehta hai us din achccha nahi lagta hai (A donkey carries whatever load it is given to carry. I am used to working hard and can work for 15 hours a day. On days that I do not have much work, I do not feel good),” said Nitish in his 85-minute speech.
Meanwhile, coming down heavily on Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kumar said “We had offered him the post of president in the reunited Janata Parivar and also the head of the group in Parliament. But, he walked out and the role he played in Bihar elections, it seems brought him a curse, which has been manifested in the intense feud in his party.”
He also supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the surgical strikes. “While we stand solidly behind the PM and the Centre on guarding our country from terror attacks and also do not support seeking proof for the strikes, it is duty of the PM to stop any party or leader putting out hoardings to take credit for this in view of elections.”
Apart from his government’s “success stories” in Bihar, Nitish touched on issues such as triple talaq, UP polls and the discourse of NDA government.