Stop sulking and debate, Nitish Kumar tells upset Sharad Yadav

Amit Shah's, BJP's style of politics dangerous: AAP

The Rajya Sabha member has met a number of opposition leaders since Nitish Kumar walked out of the three-party Grand Alliance, which also included the Congress, and joined the NDA.

Nitish said, "I kept tolerating everything, including Lalu Yadav, to ensure that Mahagathbandhan remained intact". Nitish Kumar does not have a right to sit in the chief minister's chair. Asserting that people of Bihar had given mandate to the alliance when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was rising to power in major parts of the nation, Yadav added that he is in grief with the breakup of the age-old friends. "He is a political chameleon and his idealism is a lie", Lalu said addressing a press conference in Patna on Tuesday.

He said the JD-U would support Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

The RJD leader said he was hesitant to put Kumar in a leadership position, but that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had advised him to consider the JD (U) leader. Referring to his future role in national politics, he said: "Serving Bihar is also national service".

Speaking in his first press conference after snapping ties with long time ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nitish today also explained that he had given Lalu Yadav ample opportunities to explain the charges of corruption against him, but to no avail. "It is now JD (U)'s headache and not ours", a top BJP leader said. "The mandate by the people was not for this", he said.

In 1991, criminal cases were filed against Nitish Kumar and he was accused of murdering Congress leader Sitaram Singh and injuring four others ahead of the Barh Lok Sabha by-election in November 1991. "In his trademark style, Sharadji said, "There are some rumblings within, I will settle it down". But Nitish Kumar, some believe, has not really forgiven Sharad Yadav for backing Jitan Ram Manjhi, who went rogue in 2015 and refused to step aside for Nitish Kumar.

The petition was filed by RJD legislator Saroj Yadav's petition on Friday, 28 July. Tejashwi has been charged with holding benami property by the CBI and Nitish wanted his resignation which Lalu had firmly said he would not. "There is no substance in perception that I am going to join JD (U)".

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