Following days of protests and strikes on demonetisation from the opposition camp, the NDA government found support from Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on demonetisation ban who termed it as a good move to eradicate black money and corruption. Though, he made it clear that that JD(U) is not interested in forming an alliance – at least not in the near future.
Today, an important Narendra Modi-led BJP ally stepped in with an open offer. The JD(U) supremo was offered a welcoming hand from LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan. he said, “We welcome Nitishji’s stand on Demonetisation,also if he wants to join NDA again then BJP has to decide on that.”
Earlier, he had told the media in Patna, “It’s PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah who have to decide whether to induct Nitish Kumar in the NDA or not since the BJP is the single largest party in the alliance,” thereby igniting speculations about JD-U joining NDA. According to the LJP chief, Nitish Kumar is carrying the ‘burden’ of Lalu Prasad and the Congress, who have accused Nitish maintaining ‘double-standards’ on demonetisation. Paswan was present at a function to mark the 17th formation day of his party – Lok Janshakti Party. He praised Nitish Kumar for supporting NDA on currency ban saying he deserves laurels for taking a ‘bold step’.
These statements came shortly after the JD(U) came out in support of the Modi government over demonetisation move amidst constant protests by a ‘united opposition’ led by Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal. The JD-U also declared that it will stay away from any form of strikes and protests against the note ban. The NDA can manage some smile as JD(U)’s support on this issue is significant to them as most of the opposition parties have been opposing the currency ban.