‘Doors closed to Nitish Kumar’: Tejashwi Yadav rules out alliance with Janata Dal (United)
The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader confirmed that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called Lalu Prasad Yadav in the hospital, but said it was only out of courtesy.
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said there was no possibility of an alliance with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), ANI reported.
“Doors to Nitish Kumar are permanently closed for an alliance,” Yadav said, while confirming that Kumar had called his father and Rashtriya Janata Dal founder Lalu Yadav who is admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. Tejashwi Yadav dispelled rumours of an alliance, saying Kumar’s visit was “nothing but a late courtesy call”.
“Surprisingly Nitishji got to know [about] his [Lalu Prasad Yadav’s] ill health after [four] months of hospitalisation,” Tejashwi Yadav tweeted. “I hope he realises he is [the] last politician to enquire following BJP/NDA ministers visiting him.”
Tejashwi Yadav claimed that Kumar was “feeling uncomfortable” in the National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, PTI reported. Yadav, who is the leader of the Opposition in Bihar, rubbished suggestions by leaders of its ally, the Congress, that they would consider Kumar’s return to the alliance if he leaves his tie-up with the BJP.
“The Centre has snubbed him [Kumar] on this count [special economic package] and despite being an alliance partner, he is not in a position to confront the BJP on the issue,” Yadav alleged. “In this backdrop, it seems, he [Kumar] is making up his mind for yet another turnaround.”
Yadav said Kumar had no credibility. “There is no guarantee that if we, speaking hypothetically, agree to yet another tie-up, he would not ditch us some time later. The door is now closed.”
The Janata Dal (United) on Monday said that of all parties in the National Democratic Alliance, the JD(U) would contest the highest number of seats in Bihar in the 2019 General Elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party was free to contest the elections in the state alone if it does not need an ally, it had added.