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RVP extends invitation to Nitish to join NDA, says he is carrying ‘burden’ of Lalu, Cong

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PATNA: Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan today extended an indirect invitation to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar saying his joining the NDA would strengthen the alliance.

“It’s up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to decide whether to induct Nitish Kumar in the NDA or not since the BJP is the single largest party in the alliance,” Paswan told the media in Patna, fueling further speculations about the JD-U joining the NDA.

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Paswan alleged Kumar was carrying the “burden” of Lalu Prasad and the Congress. He was talking to the media at a function held to mark the 17th establishment day of his party, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

Yesterday, Paswan had lauded Kumar for supporting currency ban saying he deserves praises for taking the “bold step”.

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The comments come shortly after the ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) in Bihar headed by chief minister came out in strong support of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre over the issue amid ongoing protests by the opposition over scrapping of high value currency notes,

The JD-U not only announced its whole-hearted support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over note ban but also declared to stay away from any agitation or protests against the note ban.

The party made this announcement after a high-level meeting with top leaders chaired by chief minister Kumar. The meeting was held at the official residence of the chief minister.

The JD-U’s move to support the Narendra Modi government over the issue assumes much significance given the fact that almost all opposition parties have been opposing the currency ban.

Even the JD-U’s own alliance partners in the government, such as, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) headed by Lalu Prasad and the Congress led by Sonia Gandhi, have strongly opposed the move and asked the government to roll back its decision.

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