Lalu Re­mark Meant to Cre­ate JD(U)-Cong Rift

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - CL.Manoj@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Po­lit­i­cal cir­cles in­ter­pret RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s pub­lic sup­port to JD(U) pres­i­dent Ni­tish Kumar’s call for an ‘anti-BJP/RSS na­tional al­liance’ as his crafty way of pro­vok­ing the Congress lead­er­ship that Kumar has been as­sid­u­ously cul­ti­vat­ing to keep RJD in check. Prasad’s son and deputy chief min­is­ter Te­jaswi Ya­dav’s sub­se­quent re­marks, “be­tween Ni­tish Kumar and Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, whoso­ever is able to de­feat BJP will be­come the next prime min­is­ter,” too is seen in this light. On Thurs­day, Prasad’s move evoked the `de­sired re­sponse,’ when Bi­har Congress pres­i­dent Ashok Chowd­hary told ET that his party ex­pected Kumar to play a sup­port­ing role to Rahul Gandhi-led Congress in the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions. Re­spond­ing to RJD lead­ers’ ‘de­sire’ to see Kumar as PM, Chowd­hary, who is also the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter in Kumar’s min­istry said, “Congress sup­ported Kumar to be­come the chief min­is­ter be­cause the JD(U) was a big­ger party in the state. Sim­i­larly, JD(U) is ex­pected to sup­port Congress, which has a pan- In­dia pres­ence to rally sec­u­lar par­ties against the BJP in 2019 polls.” The AICC has been pro­ject­ing Rahul Gandhi as the ar­chi­tect of Bi­har's Grand Al­liance that brought to­gether Kumar and Prasad. “Nit­shiji’s call for a na­tional al­liance against BJP has led to the mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion that he was plan­ning to form a na­tional al­liance to be­come PM can­di­date against the BJP in 2019 polls. That is not the case. Since the Grand Al­liance in Bi­har had de­feated BJP in Bi­har, Ni­tishji has given a call for the next stage. Since, the Congress is the big­gest sec­u­lar party, nat­u­rally the party un­der the lead­er­ship of Rahulji will lead like-minded par­ties against BJP. Though it will be for the Congress Work­ing Com­mit­tee to take a fi­nal call on who would be the Congress’ prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date, my per­sonal wish is to see Rahulji lead­ing the fight against BJP as our prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date,” Chowd­hary said. “Ni­tishji’s sup­port to Congress will fur­ther smoothen the path of Rahulji-led Congress form­ing the next govern­ment,” he added.

Bi­har Youth Congress pres­i­dent Kumar Ashish chopped in by point­ing to the failed ex­per­i­ments of Na­tional Front and United Front govern­ments to add that it showed the pit­falls of smaller par­ties lead­ing a coali­tion govern­ment at the Cen­tre.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad with Bi­har CM Ni­tish Kumar at a func­tion last year

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