Nitish says Janata Parivar merger will dent BJP

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Lashing out at the BJP for its comments on Janata Parivar merger, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that the coming together of the six parties will prove to be “destructive” for the saffron party.

“The BJP does not know that the merger, of which they are making fun, will prove to be destructive for them. Infact their leaders are not poking fun, they are displaying fear present in their subconscious minds due to the merger,” Kumar said.

Kumar was speaking to mediapersons at Patna airport this morning on his arrival from New Delhi after attending the merger of Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party (SP), Janata Dal (Secular), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP).

The merger of these six parties, which were originally part of the Janata Dal that swept the 1989 Lok Sabha polls, was declared at SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence in New Delhi.

The name, flag and symbol of the new party will be announced later.

“The BJP is saying that there is still some hindrance in merger. But the fact is that it is worried from its core due to it,” Kumar claimed.

The chief minister said all the parties collectively decided that Mulayam Singh Yadav will be the president of the new party.

“A committee consisting of the presidents of all the six parties has been formed. It will chalk out the schedule to finalise everything related to the new party. It will decide on the name, policy, programme, flag, and symbol of the new party. The decisions will be taken collectively,” he added.

Criticising BJP national president Amit Shah over his remarks on sugar mills in the state, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar today said that he is “ignorant” about facts.

“Amit Shah should tell where malls have been built on the land of sugar mills. He is either ignorant about the facts or is making wrong statements,” Kumar said.

Kumar asked Shah to release photographs related to any shopping mall being constructed on the land of sugar mills.

The Chief Minister said 15 sugar mills and two distilleries in the state were closed and the government tried to make them functional.

Kumar further informed that Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has taken two sugar mills and a distillery in the state. One at Motipur has been given to a company India Potash Limited but a court case is going over it.

The Chief Minister also said that the Sugarcane Industries Department in the state was trying to start the remaining sugar mills and a distillery, which were so far closed.