The Bihar Post

Analysts bemused as Nitish announces to review his party stand over ‘demonetisation’


PATNA: The ruling JD-U in Bihar headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar today declared to review its stand on demonetisation after January 24.

The announcement comes amid growing bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Kumar, making the analysts wonder if it was merely the courtesy warmth as shown during the Prakash Parv event.

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“We will review our stand (on demonetisation) after observing the birth anniversary celebration of former chief minister Karpoori Thakur on January 24,” JD(U) state unit president Vashistha Narayan Singh was quoted as telling news agency PTI on Sunday.

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The JD-U which is a key coalition partner in the ruling Grand Alliance government is the only the second opposition party after Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to support Modi’s demonetization drive.

Kumar has also welcomed the ordinance passed by the centre to penalise people holding scrapped currency notes of 500 and 1000 rupee denomination

Strangely, both the coalition partners of the JD-U, such as RJD and the Congress, have already been protesting on the streets against the notes ban.

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