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Grounds getting prepared for Nitish Kumar’s homecoming to Bihar Grand Alliance

Bihar chief minister is angry with BJP over his party's negligence in cabinet berth allotment


PATNA: Grounds for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s “homecoming” in the Grand Alliance are slowly getting prepared.

Even former chief minister Rabri Devi whose party, the RJD, was initially averse to Nitish Kumar joining the opposition alliance has given her green signal.

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At an Iftar party hosted by HAM resident Jitan Ram Manjhi she initially sought to ignore the issue but when pressed further by media persons, she said she had no objections.

“We have no objection if Nitish Kumar joins the Grand Alliance again,” Rabri Devi told the local media on Monday evening, emerging out of Manjhi’s Iftan party.

However, she added that “any decision about joining of new allies can be taken only in consultation with the other allies of the Grand alliance”.

Manjhi said they were ready to welcome Nitish Kumar into their alliance if he wishes so.

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“There is nothing like permanent friends or foes in politics. If Nitish Kumar agrees to return to Grand Alliance, they would welcome him,” Manjhi said on Monday.

Prior to him, RJD leader Raguvansh Prasad Singh too had extended an open invitation to the chief minister to join the opposition alliance.

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“Nitish Kumar joining the Grand Alliance can be a good idea. Nobody has given anything in writing that he can’t return. His joining will boost the opposition and defeat the BJP,” Singh has told the media.

Rift between the two NDA partners has deepened after JD-U was not given ‘respectable’ treatment by the BJP during Narendra Modi cabinet formation last week and was offered only berth in the Modi cabinet which the JD-U rejected.

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The JD-U reacted by denying any berth to any BJP leaders in his cabinet during the Sunday cabinet expansion which was followed by the BJP staying away from the Iftar party hosted by the JD-U. Kumar’s party later kept itself away from BJP’s Iftar party.

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