Loud mouths in the ruling Janata Dal (U) in Bihar are causing much discomfiture to party leader Nitish Kumar. The breed in a bid to ingriatiate itself with the leadership, has been in the habit of speaking out of turn causing anguish in the NDA of late through their high voltage, sometimes irrational comments.
What is worrying the leadership is the fact that they continue to shoot off their mouths despite a clear directive by the chief minister and party president Sharad Yadav to refrain from making comments on contentious issues like prime ministerial candidate of the NDA without prior permission from the leadership.
The recent embarrassment caused to the leadership came from rural works minister Bhim Singh, who suggested, that the BJP should put up Nitish Kumar as the NDAfs prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, as 64% people in the state wished so, according to a survey. Singh also said, that BJP was in a politically advantageous position to project Kumar due to its organizational base, whereas, the JD (U) lacked a solid base.
Apparently embarrassed by Singh's unwarrantedcomments, the chief minister is learnt to have given a everbal dressing down, forcing the minister to call a media interface hastily and correcthimself on Saturday.
I regret my remarks in deference to the sentiments of the chief minister who expressed displeasure at airing my personal views in public. I had expressed my views out of excitement. But I should not have made such comments even in my individual capacity,h Singh said on Saturday.
Many senior leaders and ministers make unwarranted comments without understanding their political ramifications.
Such comments have often caused embarrassment to the leadership and strained the ties between the long-standing NDA constituents - JD (U) and BJP. There is no point in raising certain issues between the allies as whatever has to be said has already been said earlier,h state party president Bashishtha Narayan Singh said.
Another leader within the JDU, put it more succintly, terming it as another episode of verbal diarrhoea among upstarts, who have seeminlgly made it to some political power in recent years.
Some senior leaders of the two allies had indulged in an unseemly war of words hogging headlines in the media, soon after Kumar had suggested that the NDA should declare a secular PM candidate before the 2014 general elections. It was stopped only after the JD (U) leadership asked them to refrain from making uncalledfor statements.