The JD(U)-RJD-Congress Mahagathbandhan swept the Bihar Assembly elections in 2015 by winning 178 seats in the 243-member Assembly.
New Delhi, July 27: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said the planning to break the Grand Alliance was going on for last three-four months. Nitish broke away from the alliance and joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the National Democratic Alliance-Janata Dal United government in Bihar.
Calling Nitish ‘selfish’, Gandhi said, “Mujhe maloom pad gaya tha ki Nitish ji ne yeh planning ki hai. Mai sach batao toh 3-4 mahine se pata tha ki yeh planning chal rahi hai. Hindustan ki rajneeti mei yahi problem hai – apne swaarth ke liye vyakti kuch bhi kar jata hai. Koi neeyam nai hai, koi credibility nahin hai, satte ke liye kuch bhi kar dete hai. (I have known for last three-four months that this planning was going on. In Indian politics, a person can do anything for his gains. There is no rule, no credibility).”
The JD(U)-RJD-Congress Mahagathbandhan swept the Bihar Assembly elections in 2015 by winning 178 seats in the 243-member Assembly. The BJP managed to win just 53 seats and its allies five. Nitish broke ties with the BJP in 2013 but once they have joined hands to form the government in Bihar. Gandhi blasted at Nitish and said, “Mandate Nitish ji ko Bihar ne anti-communal ladai landane ke liye di thi. Aur Nitish ji ne apni personal politics ke liye unhi logon se woh gaale lag gaye hai. (The people of Bihar gave mandate to Nitish to fight against communal politics. And now Nitish has joined hands with those people only).”
Gandhi also felt betrayed as Nitish met the Gandhi scion last week in the national capital and discussed the widening rift in the state’s ruling Grand Alliance. The close door meeting between the two leaders lasted for over 40 minutes.
Within a few hours after resigning, the BJP extended support to Nitish in what can be termed a scripted drama. Nitish took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time and BJP’s Sushil Modi as the Deputy Chief Minister on Thursday. The rift deepened in the Grand Alliance after the Central Bureau of Investigation charge-sheeted RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in an alleged corruption case.
Nitish has to prove majority on the floor of the House on Friday. JD(U) is the second-largest party in the Bihar Legislative Assembly with 71 legislators. With support from 53 BJP MLAs, it would cross the majority mark of 122 in the 243-member Assembly. Along with the BJP, its alliance partners (Lok Janshakti Party and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party) are also expected to join the coalition.
The Lalu Prasad-led RJD, however, would remain the single largest faction in Bihar Assembly with 80 legislators.