Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday tore into Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, insisting continuing in the Grand Alliance would have amounted to "compromising with corruption".
Having embraced the BJP after a four-year hiatus, Nitish claimed there would be "no challenge" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections.
He also said the proposal for a reunion had come from the "highest level" in the BJP which he accepted as "going got impossible" in the Grand Alliance due to accusations of corruption against his then deputy Tejashwi Yadav.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s unexpected resignation on Wednesday evening plunged Bihar politics into a crisis. But hours later, he joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to reclaim the government in a stunning political manoeuvre that relegated his ‘Mahagathbandhan’, or Grand Alliance, partner Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to the opposition.
The ostensible reason for Kumar to quit was his falling out with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Prasad’s son. Yadav is facing corruption charges but had refused to step down despite Kumar’s exhortations. “In the circumstances that prevail in Bihar, it became difficult to run the Grand Alliance government,” Kumar told reporters outside Raj Bhavan after submitting his resignation to governor Keshri Nath Tripathi.
But in a series of fast paced developments that unfolded way past midnight on Wednesday, it became clear that Kumar was going to be the ultimate winner. Meanwhile, Tejashwi met Bihar governor Keshri Nath Tripathi on Thursday morning, and said RJD should have been invited to form the government as it was the single largest party in the state. He later told reporters that the RJD will take legal advice on the matter and may even move court.
Patna, Feb 15 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the central government framed JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges.
"Sedition charges against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar is wrong. He was not involved in any anti-national act. The central government has framed him," Nitish Kumar said at a press conference.
Patna, Dec 28 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday directed top police officials to take necessary steps to curb crime in the state, an official said.
The chief minister, in a meeting with the police top brass, made it clear that criminal activities would not be tolerated.
After Delhi, Bihar likely to ban old diesel vehicles
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar worried by the dangerous level of air pollution in the state has directed concerned officials for banning 15 year old diesel vehicles in the state capital. He also said burning plastic and other waste materials must be banned within the state capital.
Patna, Dec 8 : Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the Grand Alliance government is committed to ensure to people of Bihar basic amenities which are part of the common minimum programme of the alliance partners.
"We are working on our seven resolves (nishchay) for the development of Bihar," Nitish Kumar said in the state assembly during a discussion.
Patna, Dec 3 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said BJP was playing 'politics' in the name of lord Ram.
"BJP has been playing politics in the name of Ram and it has nothing to do with faith (shraddha) in him," Nitish Kumar told media persons here in reference to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement on the Ram temple issue.
Patna, Nov 27 : In a bid to keep up another election promise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed officials to provide free electricity connection to everyone in Bihar by November 2017.
Providing free electricity connection to all the households was one of the seven promises Nitish Kumar made ahead of the assembly elections which his Grand Alliance won.