Nitish pours cold water on all speculative stories
Patna,(BiharTimes): By attending the 94th birthday celebration of DMK patriarch, K Karunanidhi in Chennai on Saturday and by stating that RJD chief Lalu Prasad could not attend the function because of the ‘high fever’ at the final moment Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the president of Janata Dal (United) put to end all speculations about his any possible future move to drift towards the BJP-led NDA.
When he did not attend the May 27 luncheon of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and attended PM Modi’s lunch in honour of visiting Mauritius PM a day later many mediapersons came up with stories about his likely inclination towards the BJP.
Though Nitish hotly denied any such move and said that he was in New Delhi on May 28 as the CM of Bihar specially invited by the PM in honour of the visiting guest, wh ose forefather was from this state, few in the media paid heed to him.
Though he went on to state that he had met Sonia Gandhi only a few days earlier and that Sharad Yadav, the former party chief, represented the JD(U) there were very few buyers to his explanation.
This is not the first time that stories about cosy Nitish-BJP relationship has appeared in the media in the last many monrths. At the height of demonetization it reached its peak. But every time the media is proven wrong.
“No doubt, Nitish has its own way of dealing with the alliance politics. He differ with the Congress and RJD on a number of issues. Yet it is a fact that he is not going back to the NDA, as every time the media speculates,”said a commentator.
Both RJD and JD(U) leaders have claimed that it is the BJP which plants such stories in the media for obvious reason: to create confustion in the rank and file of both the parties.
In Chennai, where unlike in Sonia Gandhi’s party, Lalu could not turn up due to ill-health. Once again reports of rift started appearing in the media. But this time Nitish chose to take the name of the RJD chief to state that he is with all the opposition leaders in forming an anti-BJP front at the national level and that he could not attend the get-together because of ‘high fever’.