Lalu and Rahul cry foul after Nitish Kumar dumps them

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the Parliament house in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the Parliament house in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo

A day after JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar dumped Bihar’s Grand Alliance to go back to the NDA fold, his former allies Lalu Prasad and Rahul Gandhi have hit out at him.

“Nitish Kumar joined hands with BJP to ensure raids by CBI, ED on RJD leaders and malign them,” RJD chief Lalu Prasad alleged in a press conference in Patna.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi called his former ally a political opportunist.

“He (Nitish) had joined hands with us in the anti-communal fight, but Nitish Kumar, for his personal politics, joined hands with those against whom he had fought…People do anything for their selfish motives. There is no principle, no credibility. They can do anything for power,” Gandhi lashed out.

“In politics you come to know of what is going on in the minds of people. Clearly, I knew Nitish ji is planning. We knew this was going on for the last three-four months,” claimed Gnadhi.

Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav arrives at special CBI Court in connection with Fodder scam case in Ranchi on Friday.

File photo of RJD chief Lalu Prasad

In a quick turn of events, Nitish Kumar resigned as Bihar CM, allied with the BJP to get the numbers and then again sworn-in as the chief minister with a new government. All of this happened in a span of a few hours.

Interestingly, about four years ago, Nitish broke his alliance with the BJP in 2013 after Narendra Modi became the prime ministerial candidate. And now Nitish has again opted to lead NDA government in the state, and have Sushil Kumar Modi as his deputy.

Nitish claimed that he got out of grand alliance because he could not put up with Lalu’s son Tejaswi in his cabinet. Tejaswi was named in a CBI FIR in the land-for-hotel scam and had refused to resign despite Nitish’s veiled hints.

Nitish, who is known for his zero tolerance towards corruption, had reportedly asked Tejaswi to come clean or resign as a minister.

But the angry Yadav who led a protest march to the Raj Bhawan late on Wednesday night tweeted, “My performance perturbed our ally and BJP. Vendetta against me exposes their viciousness”.