CM’s chair no rasgulla: JD(U) trashes Kushwaha’s claim on Nitish Kumar

A day after the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief claimed Nitish Kumar had told him that he did not want to stay as chief minister after the 2020 elections, the Janata Dal (United) said that Nitish Kumar was chosen by the people and would remain in the post as the state and the people need him.
The Janata Dal (United) Thursday denied Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Uprendra Kushwaha’s claim that its chief Nitish Kumar had told him he wants to step down as chief minister after the 2020 assembly elections (File Photo)(PTI)
The Janata Dal (United) Thursday denied Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Uprendra Kushwaha’s claim that its chief Nitish Kumar had told him he wants to step down as chief minister after the 2020 assembly elections (File Photo)(PTI)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 09:24 AM IST
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Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) Thursday dismissed Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha’s claims that Nitish Kumar had confided in him about relinquishing the chief minister’s chair after 2020 assembly elections, saying he would remain in the post as the state still “needs him”.

JD (U) leaders said Kumar was chief minister by people’s choice and the state needs his services for a longer duration.

“The CM’s chair is no rasgulla,” JD (U) spokesperson Ajay Alok said. “Nitish Kumar was chosen by virtue of people’s mandate and he is successfully continuing on the chair because he has been delivering and living up to people’s expectations.”

“Nitish shall continue to remain CM even after 2020. Bihar needs him,” said senior JD (U) leader Maheswar Hazari, while former minister and party general secretary Shyam Rajak said: “Both Nitish and Kushwaha may be brothers in arms, but Nitish Kumar’s popularity remains unmatched.”

At a party event in Patna Wednesday to mark Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary, Kushwaha made the startling claim that Nitish Kumar had confided in him that he doesn’t want to continue as chief minister beyond 2020 when the state gets to vote for a new government.

Kushwaha, whose RLSP is a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) with two MPs and two MLAs in Bihar, has a rather rocky relationship with Nitish Kumar as he has been frequently targeting the state government on the law and order and education scenario. He had even organised a protest against the condition of education in the state

The RLSP leader, NDA sources say, is apparently peeved over the manner in which he has been ‘sidelined’ ever since JD (U) came close to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2017 after walking out of the grand alliance with the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. “That is why, the RLSP leader has now started questioning why his party was not accommodated in the Bihar ministry,” said a NDA leader, wishing anonymity.

The BJP, on the other hand, has maintained a silence on the issue. “For us both are our alliance partners. We respect both,” said a BJP leader.

However, the RJD took a dig at Kumar saying even if he has confided in Kushwaha about his future plans, he will not relinquish his chair. “He is power-hungry. He had walked out of the grand alliance for power. This talk of relinquishing chair is to keep people confused,” said party vice president Shivanand Tiwary.

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