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Nitish Kumar’s JD-U returns to Modi-led NDA after four years, disappoints secular camp


PATNA: The JD-U led by chief minister Nitish Kumar today finally joined the NDA some four years after it had deserted the BJP-led ruling coalition at the Centre over the issue of Narendra Modi.

This came shortly after the JD-U at its national executive committee held here today passed a resolution to join the BJP-led NDA.

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Political experts wonder over change in Kumar’s stand s quickly.

“Until last month, Kumar and his entire JD-U were bitterly attacking Modi and his BJP for their ‘divisive’ policy and raising contentious issues like construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, uniform civil code and abrogation of Article 370 from the Constitution but suddenly they have become a fan of Modi. It’s really strange,” commented a political expert.

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What stuns experts the most is how Kumar has joined the NDA although it was over the issue of Narendra Modi hat he had broken long-standing alliance with the BJP and also walked out of the NDA in 2013.

“In months after deserting NDA, Kumar continued launching massive attacks on Modi, questioned his divisive policy and vowed to create ‘Sangh-mukt Bharat’ but sadly he has ended up joining the same NDA which Modi leads,” quipped a leader from Sharad Yadav camp.

Kumar and his party had earlier also strongly condemned the remarks from RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya advocating for end of the current caste-based reservation policy under which certain percentage of quota is granted to the members of SC/ST and OBC, according to media reports.

Under this background, Kumar’s U-turn has come as a big setback to the section of people who saw in him a possible united opposition’s tallest leader.

His joining of the NDA has, thus, also indirectly brought to an abrupt end his career of a national leader.

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