Nitish Kumar denies rumours of tension in the Mahagathbandhan

Nitish Kumar denies rumours of tension in the Mahagathbandhan

Nitish Kumar denies rumours of tension in the Mahagathbandhan

He said that a "Sangh-mukt Bharat" (RSS-free India, which the Opposition aim for) would be possible only if all Opposition parties are united. "I openly welcomed it as this tax reform will be very beneficial for the state", Nitish said. Earlier, JD (U) has decided that it would not participate in the rally as a party.

Nitish also said that it was because of the Congress that they could not have an alliance in Uttar Pradesh and Assam, and that it "did not take us into confidence during the presidential polls as well". "They (Congress) have also ditched Jawaharlal Nehru's ideologies", said Kumar.

The Congress's response was aimed at the stinging attacks from Nitish, who on Monday, accused it of pursuing a reactive agenda rather than presenting an alternative narrative against the Narendra Modi government.

He said that "We have always supported GST as it will provide transparency to the system".

Politics over Presidential election 2017 started after Kumar extended his support to the NDA candidate Kovind last month.

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JD (U) national president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday gave a resolute call for Opposition unity and to set an alternative agenda for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, giving a glimpse into his rising impatience with the Congress's political strategies. Speaking on the issue of participation in RJD's "BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao" rally Nitish said he has only received informal invitation for the same.

Kumar's comments come at a time when questions have been raised on the continuity of the alliance after JD (U) made a decision to back NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind while the other members including the Congress and RJD backed the opposition's Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker. Senior leaders of the JD (U) say that the corruption allegations against Lalu Prasad and his family members are a big reason for a dilemma in the JD (U) over attending the public meeting. He said it was the BJP that had a reactive narrative, which led to their loss.

According to him, ordinary workers want to get out of the coalition and sit in Opposition, and corner the Bihar government over its failures.

Nitish put Congress on the stand saying since the INC is the largest party in the "Mahagathbandhan" it should take the lead and set the opposition's agenda for the 2019 general elections.

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