PATNA: Is Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar coming closer to his arch-rival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
It’s too early to jump to any conclusions but a series of developments indicate Kumar indeed is trying hard to mend fences with his rival against the background of his growing differences with the RJD, his coalition partner.
Today again, the chief minister came to the strong support of the Prime Minister at this time of crisis.
“In matters related to terrorism, contradictory political views won’t help; we are with the Centre, necessary steps are being taken,” Kumar was quoted as telling ANI.
He didn’t stop at that and backed Modi’s decision to isolate Pakistan and carrying strike against terrorism as well.
Last month too, he had expressed his full solidarity with the Prime Minister when the terrorists attacked an army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.
While RJD, his alliance partner, took potshots at Modi over the attack asking “Kahan gaya 56 inch ka sina (Where has gone the 56-inch-wide chest),” Kumar strongly backed the PM.
Last week, Kumar was seen calling on the Governor Ram Nath Kovind in Patna and holding talks with him, fuelling further speculations.
Kumar’s “wholehearted” support to Modi comes in the background of growing differences with the RJD over various issues—the latest bone of contention being the opposing of Shahabuddin’s bail in the Supreme Court by the Bihar government.
Kumar, however, claims there are no differences between the two partners and that those trying to create troubles in the alliance won’t succeed.