Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described as “malicious and baseless” the charges made by Nitish Kumar that it was luring Janata Dal United (JDU) MLAs, and said it has nothing to do with its internal strife and charged the former Bihar chief minister of doing “dirty politics”.
The BJP also questioned Nitish Kumar on why he was unable to control his own MLAs and why he has no faith on them and has brought them to Delhi to keep them under the security of UP government in Greater Noida.
“We totally reject this malicious charge. They are unfortunate and shameful. It is a desperate Nitish Kumar who is yet to come to terms with his very conclusive defeat in the Bihar Lok Sabha elections. It is a clear indication of frustration.
“BJP has nothing to do with internal fight of JD-U. This fight is within JD-U. Nitish Kumar should not vent out his frustration on BJP,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The senior BJP leader said it is not expected of Nitish Kumar to make such “lightweight and baseless” allegations which the BJP refutes. He said allegation of BJP offering tickets and money to lure MLAs are completely baseless.
“Nitish Kumar has made false, baseless and malicious allegations against BJP. Without naming any leader, he has criticised Prime Minister and Amit Shah. We outrightly reject his remarks. They are baseless and false. Such false and baseless allegations are not expected of Nitish Kumar, who talks of dignity and probity,” he said.
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain also termed as right the decision of Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi to allow Manjhi to prove his majority on February 20 as the same was notified earlier.
“Nitish Kumar is indulging in dirty politics by pointing fingers at a Constitutional authority. He is in the habit of criticising everybody. It seems he is too eager and is in a hurry to get power.
“The Governor has taken the right decision to invite Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to prove his majority as convening of the assembly session was notified earlier. There cannot be separate session for Nitish Kumar to fulfil his aspirations for attaining power,” Hussain told PTI.
Prasad said when Kumar left the chief minister’s post, he had said he was quitting taking moral responsibility for the Lok Sabha debacle.
“But today, Kumar is so desperate to become chief minister again. We want to know what fresh mandate has he got from public to don the CM’s chair again,” he asked.
The BJP leader said that Kumar is talking of removing Jitan Ram Manjhi for not giving good governance. “But is he being removed for that,” he questioned.
He said when members of a community were burnt alive in a block in Muzaffarpur, Kumar did not talk of removing Manjhi or even when crime was increasing in Bihar.
“Kumar was ruling Bihar indirectly and the moment Manjhi removed certain officials appointed by him (Kumar) from top positions, he got upset from that day onwards,” the BJP leader claimed.
“Because he lost the power to rule Bihar indirectly. This is the truth. The fight and strife is within JD-U,” he said.
He said the Supreme Court has stated in Bommai judgement that when anyone loses majority, it will be decided on floor of assembly and not before the Governor or the President.
The Telecom Minister said the Governor took a decision keeping in view Constitutional provisions and Supreme Court judgement. “If Nitish Kumar wants he can make the government fall,” he said.
“Why can’t Nitish Kumar control his own MLAs. After all, he is parading these MLAs before the President and Governor. You control your MLAs. Are you having any lurking doubt that they have to be brought to Delhi and have to be safely kept in the security of UP government in Greater Noida.
“It was not expected of Nitish Kumar to make such light weight and baseless allegations and we refute them. It is a desperate Nitish Kumar who is yet to come to terms with his very conclusive defeat in the Bihar Lok Sabha elections. It is a clear indication of frustration,” he said.
Kumar attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he was behind the move to allow Manjhi more time to prove his majority so that “horse-trading” of MLAs could be done.
Kumar had yesterday paraded about 130 MLAs in Delhi and met President Pranab Mukherjee demanding his intervention. Leaders from RJD, Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Left had accompanied him during the meeting.