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All’s not well with NDA? Kushwaha says attack on Nitish engineered by JD-U leaders



PATNA: In what appears all is not well with the NDA, Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha apprehends alleged involvement of the JD-U leaders in recent attack on Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

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“We are getting information that the attack on the chief minister’s convoy was engineered by JD-U people,” Kushwaha has been quoted as saying in the local media, indicating vertical rift within the NDA.

He claimed the attacks could have been triggered by a host of local issues and an inquiry would bring out the truth.

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Bihar chief minister’s had a providential escape when his convoy was attacked with bricks and heavy objects by angry villagers at Nandan village in Buxur district last week. The villagers were allegedly angry at lack of any development works at their village.

The local administration later reacted by arresting over around 40 persons and registering a case against more than 1,000 people. The case is currently being probed by top officials in the state administration at the instance of the state government which sees a “bigger conspiracy” behind the attack.

Both the JD-U and the BJP are now straightway blaming the opposition RJD for the attack on the chief minister but Kushawaha has entirely different story to tell, amply indicating the prevailing contradictions within the NDA allies.

It is alleged Kushwaha is not happy after the return of the JD-U to the NDA and neglect of his party in the alliance, and is looking for options to walk out of the NDA.

Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha president Jitan Ram Manjhi too is not said to be happy with the NDA and has threatened many times to dump it.

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