Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammed Taslimuddin on Saturday launched an attack on Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and asked party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to walk out of the ruling grand alliance.
“There is no law and order in the state. Nitish Kumar is not even fit to be a mukhiya, forget about being Prime Minister,” the five time MP said and added “What is he (Nitish) doing roaming outside. He should look after Bihar first. I want the RJD-JD(U) alliance to break today itself, if possible, but it’s Lalu ji’s decision”.
Taslimuddin’s comments raised eyebrows within political circles with many citing it as an example of the growing rift between the JD(U) and RJD. BJP state president Mangal Pandey said the relations between the grand alliance partners were “asymmetrical” and the coalition was “unworkable”.
On Friday, senior RJD leader Prabhunath Singh had accused Nitish Kumar of allowing former Siwan MP Mohammad Sahabuddin to “hold durbars in jail”.
Unimpressed by RJD leaders’ tirade against the CM, JD(U) leaders said the Lalu Prasad-led party should take action against its members for giving unwarranted and provocative statements against Nitish.
“Such statements coming from RJD senior leaders are not good. Paani sar ke upar ja raha hai (things are going out of control),” said JD(U)’s chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh.
Other JD(U) leaders like Shyam Rajak hit back at Taslimuddin for his remarks. “We do not take comments from Taslimuddin seriously as he has lost political relevance. People like him only want to stay in limelight by issuing trivial and baseless statements. Has the RJD chief or Rabri Devi said anything about the coalition?,” he said.