Congress calls on Nitish to reconsider support to Kovind

Posted July 04, 2017

Mr Kumar added, "The JD (U) is not a party which depends on others and my party will not compromise under any circumstances".

Blaming the Congress for the multiple narratives followed by Opposition in the Presidential poll, Kumar said that Congress had to step up and provide an alternative agenda for a unified Opposition. Urging a more active opposition, Nitish pointed out that the opposition lacks an agenda driven approach.

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"Even when my party was in the NDA and the BJP was opposed to the GST, we were in support of the grand tax legislation".

"The Presidential election has been politicised to such an extent that huge issues facing the country, like people being lynched in the name of cow protection and the worsening situation of farmers, are being overlooked", Nitish explained.

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As Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made it clear that "one party can not decide" on Opposition agenda, the Congress on Monday played soft on him, saying they will "defy the naysayers" on Bihar grand alliance.

"RJD has supported the GST earlier but later we found that the BJP-led government at the Centre has changed it".

Senior members in the Congress including Ghulam Nabi Azad have criticised Nitish on his support to NDA's presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind.

Justifying his party's stand on supporting Kovind as a presidential poll nominee and attending the special session of Parliament on GST, he said, "It's our principled stand taken after thoroughly deliberating on all aspects".

The cracks in the ruling Mahagathbandhan in Bihar had surfaced on Sunday after Nitish Kumar lashed out at Congress party in a meeting with Janata Dal United (JDU) leaders. After that when the congress made a decision to boycott the midnight session of the parliament to lauch the GST in the country, then also his party choose to attend the celebration. "There is no point in asking me why I did not attend it, there was no invitation then, where is the question of attending or skipping?" Do you want me to get defeated? "I don't have the capability nor do I have the aspiration for it", Kumar said.