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Nitish Kumar's JD(U) to join BJP-led national alliance

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | UMANG SHARMA
Published Aug 19, 2017, 12:57 pm IST
Updated Aug 19, 2017, 2:18 pm IST
The decision was taken at the National Executive meeting of Nitish Kumar led JD(U).
Nitish Kumar led JD(U) passes resolution to join NDA (Photo: PTI)
 Nitish Kumar led JD(U) passes resolution to join NDA (Photo: PTI)

Patna: In a major political development, Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal (United) passed a resolution to join National Democratic Alliance in the party's National Executive meeting on Saturday.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up outside Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's residence where JD(U) National Executive meet is underway after demonstration by Sharad Yadav and RJD supporters. 

 

On July 26, Nitish Kumar had stepped down as the chief minister of Bihar and snapped the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress.

The very next day, Nitish took oath as the chief minister with the NDA-led BJP's support.

Nitish ended his two-year grand alliance with the RJD and Congress, citing a “call of conscience” over corruption charges slapped against his former deputy and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejaswi Yadav. Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejaswi are central to a CBI inquiry into the land-for-hotels deal when Lalu was the Union railways minister.

 

Nitish had nearly a decade long alliance with the NDA before he split in 2013 as soon as Narendra Modi was announced the face of the BJP campaign for the 2014 general elections.

After the JD(U) was reduced to two seats in the 2014 general polls, Nitish teamed up with Lalu Prasad Yadav and the Congress and the alliance made the NDA taste its first big defeat in the 2015 state polls.

Nitish has since campaigned in Uttar Pradesh calling for a ‘Sangh Mukt Bharat’ and a ‘Sharab Mukht Samaj’. After the grand alliance had formed, he had called out the BJP for playing the “politics of dividing… be it in the name of caste or religion”.

 

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Location: India, Bihar, Patna




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