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Nitish supports Congress, says no place for political vendetta

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday there should not be any vendetta in politics and the opposition should not be harassed, referring to Congress’ protests over the National Herald issue.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2015 18:03 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar interacts with the media at Parliament, in New Delhi.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar interacts with the media at Parliament, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday there should not be any vendetta in politics and the opposition should not be harassed, referring to Congress’ protests over the National Herald issue.

“There should not be any vendetta in politics. In democratic system, mandate is given to work for the public. Public mandate is not to harass opposition,” Kumar told reporters outside Parliament.

He was asked about his views on the accusation of the Congress that the government is misusing the Enforcement Directorate for political vendetta.

“When Congress is saying something, then it must be well thought-out. I have no details. But when Congress is saying so, it must have some meaning, otherwise why will the party say so?” he asked.

He said that in such circumstances, the government should clear Congress’ apprehensions.

“The government has primary responsibility to run Parliament,” the JD(U) leader said when asked about ongoing disruptions in the House.

The Trinamool Congress too has voiced support for the Congress on the issue

The chief minister, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi, said, “It was a courtesy call. There was no particular issue involved in the meeting.”

Kumar on Thursday also welcomed the special Bihar package announced by the Prime Minister before the election. He said, “I am hopeful that the Centre will honour the commitment made by the PM. I am hopeful it will be implemented.”

Asked whether he would play a role in other state elections after Bihar success, he said, “I am doing my work in Bihar after the elections. Other political parties are there in other states. They will discuss and decide on it.”

He also said he has met Assam leader Prafulla Mahanta, who is an “old friend”.

On GST issue, the Bihar CM said “we support GST as it will be beneficial for all states.”