Chief among the many many the explanation why Kumar is upset with the BJP, which is an alliance companion of the Janata Dal (United), or JD(U) in Bihar, has been the BJP-led central authorities’s provide of token illustration to allies as Union Ministers.
Kumar’s occasion had denied one other Rajya Sabha berth final month to his former JD(U) colleague RCP Singh, who had taken a spot in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cupboard final yr with out consulting Kumar. Yesterday, Singh bade farewell to the JD(U) over the Rajya Sabha snub.
“There’s a conspiracy towards me as a result of I’d turn into union minister,” stated Singh, a former Indian Administrative Service officer who was as soon as the nationwide president of JD(U). “I’ll simply say that there’s no remedy to jealousy,” he stated whereas leaving the JD(U) yesterday. “Nitish Kumar won’t turn into Prime Minister in any of his seven lives,” he stated, describing the JD(U) as a sinking ship.
Right this moment, Kumar responded by sending out his occasion’s high leaders to answer allegations by Singh of pettiness and for allegedly dragging his household right into a political battle citing unlawful property offers.
JD(U) nationwide president Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh in a rush to blunt the assaults by Singh, nonetheless, appeared to have overcorrected when he ended up threatening the alliance occasion BJP.
“What’s the want to affix the Union Cupboard? The Chief Minister had determined in 2019 we gained’t be a part of the Union Cupboard,” Rajiv Ranjan instructed reporters. He stated the JD(U) gained’t be part of the Union Cupboard within the close to future too, resulting in hypothesis of a rift that may’t be mended.
The sudden enhance in outburst of Kumar’s aides like Rajiv Ranjan is seen as a calculated transfer to place strain on the BJP to concede to the Chief Minister’s calls for, which incorporates removing of Bihar meeting Speaker Vijay Kumar Singh, for whom Nitish Kumar’s dislike is an open secret.
The Chief Minister, citing well being causes, had stayed away from a gathering of the federal government think-tank NITI Aayog in Delhi this weekend, which 23 Chief Ministers together with West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee had attended. The absence was seen as yet one more present of anger by Kumar on the BJP.
Singh had denied the cost of negotiating instantly with the Modi authorities for a ministerial place within the Centre. He stated Residence Minister Amit Shah had spoken to Kumar about cupboard growth and provided one berth to the occasion on the situation that Singh himself turn into a Union Minister.
Singh additionally denied the JD(U)’s allegations that there are irregularities in his property offers. “These properties belong to my spouse and different dependents, who’ve been paying due tax since 2010,” he stated. “I don’t know what the occasion desires to analyze. I’ve nothing to cover,” he stated.