Amit Shah invites Nitish Kumar to join NDA; Bihar politics heats up

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In July, Nitish Kumar had resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar while opting to move out of the 20-month-old Grand Alliance. "He has just been replaced with RCP Singh [as party leader in the Rajya Sabha]".

The party is also contemplating "precipitous steps" to suspend leaders or workers who have been attending Yadav's rallies in Bihar, sources said. Raising a banner of revolt against Nitish's decision to partner with the BJP once again, Yadav announced a three-day yatra in Bihar beginning from Thursday to assess mood of the people in the state.

Yadav, who is now on a tour of Bihar, had said he still believed he was a part of the Grand Alliance.

"There is no question of leaving the party (JD-U)".

He later joined hands with the BJP to form a government "in the interest of Bihar".

Acknowledging Yadav's seniority in the party, the JD (U) leader said, "Sharadji is one of the founding members of the party, but it pains us that the path chosen by him leads to our rival, the Rashtriya Janata Dal".

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The Bihar JD-U's state executive, party legislatures and all Bihar district presidents are with Nitish Kumar and have authorised him to take decisions in this hour of crisis, he added. "Sharad Yadav should accept that Nitish Kumar has that power today and he does not have", Paswan said. He has termed Kumar's move as a "betrayal with people's mandate". "Kumar's decision to align with the BJP is unacceptable", Ansari said.

On Friday, the party suspended Rajya Sabha member Ansari from its parliamentary board for attending an Opposition meeting called by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

He added that this was not a personal fight against Nitish Kumar but a fight of principles and to save democracy and brotherhood. We were ready to go there and put forth our views, but Nitish seems to be afraid of what we will say.

Speculation swirled over his remarks that the party could suspend him.

In a related development, BJP president Amit Shah said in a tweet that he had invited Mr. Kumar to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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