New Delhi : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday downplayed rift with the Congress party and the RJD. He said that there were no cracks in Opposition unity and the Presidential poll is a single incident. He strongly batted for an alternative narrative to counter the ruling party's narrative. He said reactive narrative and that the Opposition alone won't work.
A candid Nitish Kumar criticised the Opposition group in clear words, without taking any names, that an alternative agenda needs to be given to public and just reacting to BJP's decisions won't do any good. He said that during P Chidambaram's book launch, where Rahul Gandhi was present, he said that the Congress party needs to set an alternative strategy as it is the big political party.
Nitish Kumar also criticised without naming anyone that the issue of farmers was pushed to the back burners due to Presidential elections. Nitish Kumar also said that he can't be the face of the Opposition group and that he doesn't want to be.
To prove his point, Nitish Kumar gave the example of his alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav. He said that it was not only the unity between RJD and JD(U) that defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said that they had a good track record and promises for the future. He said it was the BJP that had a reactive narrative, which led to their loss.
According to reports, Nitish Kumar had attacked Congress recently, saying it was not he who changed his ideology, but the party. He had also said he was nobody's camp follower. He told party workers that he would have participated in Opposition group's meeting on June 22. But a Congress leader made an adverse comment. He was referring to Ghulam Nabi Azad's snide comment at JD(U) that Congress never changed its ideology. He made this comment after JD(U) decided to support NDA Presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind. (india.com)