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After LS Polls, JD(U) & RJD Discussed Possible Tie-up in Bihar

September 21, 2019 06:13 AM

COURTESY ET SEPT 21

After LS Polls, JD(U) & RJD Discussed Possible Tie-up in Bihar
We have realised that the discussion was used by Nitish Kumar to give a message to the BJP and never had serious intention: Senior RJD leader
Kumar.Anshuman@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav had approved the back channel talks between the two parties.


After the Lok Sabha elections two major political parties of Bihar, JD(U) and RJD had tried to come closer once again and the new talks were initiated from the JD (U) side. RJD vice president and senior party leader Shivanand Tiwari told ET about the developments in the aftermath of the Lok Sabha elections. “But now we have realised that the discussion was used by Nitish Kumar just to give a message to the BJP and his party never had serious intentions,” Tiwari told ET. “Now we have also decided that no alliance shall take place with JD(U) in future.”

Tiwari has worked closely with both Nitish and Lalu at different times and his proximity to both the leaders is well known in Bihar.

With a section of BJP leaders claiming the leadership role in Bihar has made JD(U) uneasy in recent times. Also JD(U) is not comfortable with the idea of NRC in Bihar.

Tiwari said that discussion started after JD(U) refused to accept one cabinet post in central government. “Nitish’s initial statements after the new cabinet took oath in Delhi indicated that a reunion might be possible,” added Tiwari. Taking it as a hint senior RJD leaders like Tiwari and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh started giving a statement saying that Nitish is welcome if he wants to join the secular front. During that time, Tiwari was approached by a JD(U) leader and talks progressed. “I don’t want to name the person who initiated discussion from JD(U) side,” he told ET. The initial offer from JD (U) was to merge RJD with the party. Tiwari went to Ranchi to discuss it with Lalu Prasad Yadav who is in jail in fodder scam case. “We both agreed that merger of RJD with JD(U) is not an option as we wouldn’t like to lose the identity of RJD,” he told ET.

The discussion between the two parties continued as per Tiwari and several options were discussed. The senior RJD leaders had managed to convince Tejashwi Yadav who was against the alliance. However Tejashwi raised a question on the authority of the person talking on Nitish’s behalf. At that time Tiwari decided to take it directly to Nitish Kumar. During the last one month, both Tiwari and Nitish spoke twice over the alliance issue. “After waiting for some time I realized Nitish is non-committal. The person who initiated the talks on JD(U) side kept convincing us that alliance will happen. But later we decided to call it off,” he said.

On September 14, Tejashwi Yadav in a tweet attacked Nitish Kumar. “Nitish Kumar has no policy, principle and ideology. He has always cheated alliance partners and the BJP. His first and last priority is the chair,” he wrote. Tiwari denies that there is rift between young and old leadership in RJD and Tejashwi tweeted only after all the leaders decided to call it off.

JD(U) on the other hand is in complete denial of any such talks and raises question on the authority of Tiwari. “Tiwari is isolated in his own party. RJD is a family party and every decision is taken by the family. We are strongly with the BJP and NDA in Bihar and there is no opportunity for others,” Neeraj Kumar, Bihar information and broadcasting minister and JD (U) leader told ET

 
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