Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Congress calls on Nitish to reconsider support to Kovind

Congress calls on Nitish to reconsider support to Kovind

Party sources said that the prime focus of the meeting was to increase political footprint of the party within the state. "The Opposition parties are trying to create misunderstanding between these two parties which will not be fulfilled", JD (U) leader Ali Anwar told ANI.

"I have said earlier also that I am not the PM face of opposition in 2019, neither am I eligible", said Bihar CM.

"We got bogged down speaking against each other on the issue of the presidential candidate and lost the momentum on a more burning issues like farmer problems, triggering a spate of suicides in different parts of the country", Kumar said.

Accusing the Congress of stressing too much on the Presidential elections, Nitish added that pressing issues like the plight of farmers and increasing incidents of beef-related lynchings were being ignored.

Incidentally, Kumar's JD-U has supported NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind against Bihar-born Meira Kumar fielded by the opposition.

Kumar had counted virtues of total prohibition in Bihar imposed since April 2016 and stressed on the need to further intensify its enforcement. "We will definitely participate in the rally if RJD extends its invitation to our leader Nitish Kumar", Bihar JD (U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh has said.

Meanwhile, another JD (U) leader K. C. Tyagi said that the RJD and their party are on very good terms and any invitation from them will be accepted by party chief Nitish Kumar.

"This is a minor static on closed issue", Singhvi said referring to the responses from both the sides following Azad's comments.

According to JD (U) insiders, Nitish is well aware that the BJP has the numbers to elect its candidate as the next President, and didn't want to ruin his cordial relationship with Kovind, who has served as Bihar Governor. After that when the congress chose to boycott the midnight session of the parliament to lauch the GST in the country, then also his party choose to attend the celebration. We were not even aware of their castes.

Amid continuing differences within Bihar's ruling Grand Alliance, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has made a decision to attend the rollout of GST in Parliament, while Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) - like the Congress - will not.

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