Nitish Kumar swears by alliance, but attacks partners more than BJP

Kumar also said that there was no rift in the Maha Gathbandhan, stemming from the variance in opinions over the next President.

"What I said during party meeting yesterday was in a particular context, don't interpret it differently".

"The JD (U) is not "pichhlaggoo" (follower) of any party".

Speaking to party workers, Nitish Kumar also said that he was not in the race for the Prime Minister's post with just 18 to 20 MPs. Nitish Kumar and Congress are allies partner in Bihar and on the national level too they have been constantly trying to form a mahagatbandhan 2019.

He said the Goods and Services Tax regime was a good system and he had supported it since the beginning.

Kumar further expressed concern over the way politics crept into presidential elections which pushed to the background the issues of the farmers.

In his ongoing war of words with the Congress, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today today took a veiled dig at the Sonia Gandhi-led party, asking it to set the agenda for the Opposition and not "indulge in reactionary politics".

"We can not take our eyes off either flood or drought so we must prepare for both to minimize their impact on life, cattle, or properties", the Chief Minister said.

Kumar's comments come at a time when questions have been raised on the continuity of the alliance after JD (U) chose to back NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind while the other members including the Congress and RJD backed the opposition's Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker. I am taking up your fight want me to withdraw? Going against the decision of its alliance partners, the RJD and the Congress, Nitish Kumar's JD (U) has chose to back the candidature of former Bihar governor Kovind.

According to the report, sources said the JD (U) had called Sunday's meeting with the "special objective" of sending across its "message of displeasure" with the Congress.

He said that he would attend the August 27 "BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao" rally if the RJD invited him, ending days of speculation that JD (U) might boycott the event owing to their differences over the support of presidential candidates.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has played down rumours of an internal discord in the ruling "Mahagathbandhan", saying that the alliance is still strong. We were not even aware of their castes.

  • Jon Douglas