Growing friendship ? Nitish Kumar’s JDU slams Mamata for her remarks against Modi

Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal-United has strongly hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her comments in which she has sought the removal of Narendra Modi as the prime minister and called for the formation of national government under the leadership of either of Lal Krishna Advani, Arun Jaitley or Rajnath Singh. Senior leader of JDU Shri KC Tyagi strongly condemned Mamata Banerjee’s statement calling upon President Pranab Mukherjee to intervene to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi and replace him with another leader to head a ‘national government’.

KC Tyagi said, “We respect Mamata Banerjee, but this is not a statement we expected from her. How can she decide who should lead a democratically elected government? If some says remove Mamata Banerjee from her position as the Chief Minister of Bengal, will it be acceptable ?” asked Tyagi. Shri KC Tyagi also hit out at the Congress for supporting Mamata Banerjee’s remarks against removing PM Modi. “I don’t know how the Congress is supporting it. Gandhi-Nehru philosophy doesn’t allow it. So, count us out,” said Tyagi. Last month, Nitish Kumar had openly declined to join the anti-demonetization camp which was led by Patna, insulting and snubbing her.

Of late, the  bonhomie between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and PM Shri Narendra Modi has been increasing tremendously. Both the leaders have often been spotted together at the dais for various programs, the latest being the celebrations of 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Patna. Among the opposition leaders, Nitish Kumar has been the only one who has strongly supported PM Modi’s move of demonetization unconditionally. Yesterday, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar was all praise for the PM Modi, calling his move of demonetization much needed and historic. He also praised Modi for successful ban of alcohol in the state of Gujarat. PM Modi was also generous in his praise of the Bihar CM, calling his initiative of alcohol ban in Bihar a great step and an inspiration for the nation. He also urged the people of Bihar to whole-heartedly support Nitish Kumar’s initiative.

I whole-heartedly and very sincerely thank Nitish Kumar ji for the challenging task he has taken to get society rid of alcoholism. Such a massive change in society is not easy to bring, and Nitish ji has taken the bold step for benefit of the generations to come. It is not only Nitish Ji’s program – every person of Bihar, irrespective of political affiliation must stand behind Nitish ji and support his decision (of prohibition). This bold move by Nitish ji is an inspiration for the entire nation,” PM Modi said while addressing the crowd on the auspicious occasion of Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary celebrations at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan.

There have been various news of Nitish Kumar meeting Amit Shah at a farmhouse doing the rounds, which Nitish Kumar himself admitted to, but asked people not to read much into it. However, the recent examples of growing bonhomie between Nitish and Modi is signaling towards a major shift in Indian political set-up, which could be anytime soon.

Kshitij Mohan