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Nitish Kumar to skip Opposition meet on Vice Presidential nominee

Nitish Kumar's growing liking for all things Nitish Kumar to skip Opposition meet on Vice Presidential nominee
Saul Franklin | 11 July, 2017, 00:53

The JD (U), of which Nitish Kumar is the president, reciprocated by hinting that it would go with the Opposition in the upcoming vice-presidential election.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar cancelled today's public interface event and the subsequent press conference on health grounds, triggering speculation that he is meant to skip the big meet of opposition on Vice President pick.

While Kumar has maintained a studied silence on the issue of raids on Lalu's family, another ally Congress has expressed solidarity with the RJD chief and accused the central BJP government of "misusing" the official machinery.

He had alleged that Nitish Kumar wanted to ensure the defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" Meira Kumar, who is the opposition's candidate for the poll.

In a day or so, we will decide on our move."Reacting to the decision of the RJD legislature party that it would not seek resignation from Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, senior BJP leader and former president of the party Mangal Pandey said, "We did not expect otherwise from the RJD."Now we are waiting to hear from the CM".

Some state leaders of the Congress subsequently attacked Nitish Kumar, who returned the fire by questioning Congress's shift from the ideologies of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Modi said now that an FIR has been lodged by the CBI against the deputy CM on corruption charges, the chief minister should break his silence on the matter and announce his decision.

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Nitish had earlier created flutters by breaking ranks with his allies - Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress - to support National Democratic Alliance presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind.

Nitish Kumar's bonding with Rahul Gandhi is well known in political circles. The scandal allegedly took place while his father Lalu Prasad was the railway minister. However, no meeting with chief minister Nitish Kumar has been fixed.

JD (U) would support the united opposition's candidate in the vice-president election, provided it is invited and consulted, he said.

Meanwhile, senior RJD leader Jagdanand Singh today said that Nitish had called up Lalu last night but refused to divulge what transpired in the telephonic talks between them.

"BJP wants the development of Bihar and no government can be better than the BJP's".

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