Nitish Kumar Bunks Sonia Luncheon, Plans To Meet Modi
New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has bunked the opposition conclave organised by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday and is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday afternoon.
Nitish Kumar refused to accept the leadership of Narendra Modi in 2014 and he engineered the snapping of ties between the JD-U and the BJP. Nitish went on to have an electoral tie-up with the traditional rival Lalu Prasad Yadav and won the elections later. After running the coalition government for some time, Nitish has started moving closer to Modi and away from Lalu. When all political parties, including Lalu’s RJD, denounced the demonetisation move by Modi, Bihar chief minister had welcomed it. Nitish said demonetisation will curb black money and corruption. He also ruled himself out of the race for the prime minister’s post in 2019 saying that he is not up to the mark.
Troubles have started mounting for Lalu and his children in a big way. Nitish did not object when BJP leaders in Bihar made allegations against Lalu’s family of acquiring lands worth ₹1,000 crore through corrupt means. ” If the BJP has documents it can prove its allegations and there is no need for a third party to comment,” said Nitish. Raids have been conducted by enforcement authorities on the properties of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti.
There is a strong reason to believe that Nitish is keen on ending alliance with Lalu and revive the alliance with the BJP. Factors like RJD having more seats than JD-U in Bihar Assembly, Shahbuddin affair, having to accommodate two sons of Lalu, one of them as deputy chief minister, Lalu’s backseat driving must have forced Nitish to rethink about the alliance.