Nitish In Combat Mode

‘BJP’s dream of ruling India will be shattered… One of the oldest allies of the BJP, the JD(U) was the 14th party to desert the NDA, which was formed in 1998 and ruled India for six years under the leadership of the now ailing Vajpayee… it is difficult to work with BJP’s new era leaders…


nitish-in-combat-modeMeet the combative new Nitish Kumar who doesn’t hesitate to pull pumches and come up woth barbs. Three days after he dumped the BJPand proved his majority in the assembly, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar declared that his former ally won’t win the next Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of now trying to impose divisive politics, he said the politics of consultation which the BJP believed in under Atal Bihari Vajpayee had ended. In a speech in the assembly during a trust motion he moved to prove his majority, Nitish Kumar said India was built on secular foundations and his party would not tolerate anyone trying to cause religious divide.
‘The country should be run in a manner so as to take everyone along… Coalition governments are the norm now. No party should be under the false premise that they can run the country on their own steam,’ he said. ‘The work ethics of Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) was based on how to take everyone along, based on consultations… But now it has changed,’ he added. Nitish Kumar sailed through with 126 votes in his favour after 91 BJP members and a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) legislator walked out of the 243-member house before the voting. Criticising the BJP, with which his party split after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was made the party’s election campaign chief, Nitish Kumar said the BJP’s dream of ruling India would be shattered. He said the BJP had no chance to win the 2014 Lok Sabha election. ‘Even if we remained
with them, notching up 200 seats would be difficult… Don’t be under the illusion that you can do it alone. This is the time of coalitions,’ he said.
Taking a dig at Modi’s Gujarat model of development, Nitish Kumar said: ‘What vikas (development) model is this where you improve areas that are already good? What kind of improvement is it?’ He said the BJP had benefited by aligning with his Janata Dal-United (JD-U). ‘We will not tolerate thopna (imposition of views). We are for the policy of taking everyone along and against divisive policies,’ he asserted.
Nitish Kumar called off the alliance and his colleague Sharad Yadav quit as convenor of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance following differences with the BJP over the growing clout of Modi. Soon after the JD-U ended its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP, Nitish Kumar said he would seek a vote of confidence at a special session of the assembly. Nitish Kumar told Governor D.Y. Patil to sack all the 11 BJP Ministers in his Government for non-performance and vowed to prove his majority in the assembly. After their 17-year-old alliance ended in bitter acrimony. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said it is difficult to work with BJP’s new era leaders while BJP decided to expose his “double-speak”. Nitish Kumar Monday criticised the BJP’s present leadership, saying it had forgotten its senior leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani and had forced the JD(U) to end the alliance. Of course, an angry BJP decided to expose the “doublespeak” of Nitish Kumar over Narendra Modi by distributing CDs of an old video in which he praised the Gujarat Chief Minister.
The fissures between the BJP and JD(U) were triggered by Nitish Kumar’s opposition to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP’s decision to make Modi its public face for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “BJP has forgotten its old leaders like Vajpayee and Advani, who played a major role in formation of NDA (National Democratic Alliance) and the national agenda that was prepared in the interest of all,” Nitish Kumar said at a press conference after holding his weekly Janata Darbar
For the first time since the inception of the Janata Darbar, Nitish Kumar held it without the BJP. ‘Vajpayee and Advani’s era had ended in BJP and a new era has begun now. It was difficult for JD(U) to work with BJP’s new-era leaders,’ Nitish Kumar said. Nitish Kumar said that JD-U’s decision to end alliance with the BJP was taken after much deliberations within the party.
‘JD(U) decision was not taken in hurry. It was decided at the right time only,’ Nitish Kumar said. He reiterated that BJP is responsible for the split in the NDA. ‘BJP forced us to end alliance with it,’ he insisted. Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister, told media persons that ‘we will expose the doublespeak of Nitish Kumar by distributing CDs of an old video in which Nitish Kumar praised Modi during his visit to Gujarat in 2003, a year after the Gujarat riots’.
‘These CDs will be distributed among people in rural as well as in urban areas. People will come to know the doublespeak and double face of Nitish Kumar over Modi,’ he said. Soon after the JD(U) ended its alliance with the BJP, the latter released a speech in which Nitish Kumar as a Railway Minister praised Modi as a potential national leader and a development-oriented politician. ‘I hope that Narendra Modi will not be limited to Gujarat after some time. The country needs his services,’ Nitish Kumar reportedly then said.
Nitish Kumar disagreed with BJP leaders saying the JD-U had betrayed the people of Bihar by snapping ties. ‘The mandate was for the development of Bihar and we are doing this,’ he said. The JD(U) has 118 seats in the 243-member assembly, four short of a majority, while the BJP has 91 members. There are six independents, while the Congress has four members. One of the oldest allies of the BJP, the JD(U) is the 14th party to desert the NDA, which was formed in 1998 and ruled India for six years under the leadership of the now ailing Vajpayee.
Difficult to work with BJP’s new era leaders: It is difficult to work with Bharatiya Janata Party’s new era leaders, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated, a day after his Janata Dal-United (JD-U) ended a 17-year-old alliance with the saffron party.
Nitish says BJP won’t win in 2014: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of now trying to impose divisive politics, he said the politics of consultation which the BJP believed in under Atal Bihari Vajpayee had ended. In a speech in the assembly during a trust motion he moved to prove his majority, Nitish Kumar said India was built on secular foundations and his party would not tolerate anyone trying to cause religious divide.
‘The work ethics of Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) was based on how to take everyone along, based on consultations… But now it has changed,’ he added. He said the BJP had no chance to win the 2014 Lok Sabha election. ‘Even if we remained with them, notching up 200 seats would be difficult… Don’t be under the illusion that you can do it alone. This is the time of coalitions,’ he rmphasised.

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