Patna: Despite tepid response from the Congress that made it clear on Monday that it had no intention in hanging on to the coattail of Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal – U in other states, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during a press conference in Patna on Monday, reiterated his desire for the obliteration of the Sangh Parivar by forming a national alliance bigger than the grand alliance in Bihar.
Kumar, who sees the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the biggest hurdle in his path to the Prime Minister's bungalow, on Monday, asked the Congress and various left parties to join hands in his effort to wipe off Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its offspring, including the BJP, that was spreading communalism to retain power at the Center.
"The Sangh Parivar is a growing threat that is not good for the nation. I urge all non-Sangh parties including the left and regional parties across the nation to form an all-powerful alliance that would take on the saffron party head on and put them out of business once and for all," the Janata Dal – U President said.
Kumar, who was a willing partner of the BJP for 17 long years that ultimately led him to the Chief Minister's office in Bihar, justified his relationship with the saffron party saying the alliance was on its own terms after leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani agreed to his condition of not raising controversial issues like Ram Temple and Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
"When the leadership in the BJP changed and its new leaders started to talk about Ram Temple, Uniform Civil Code, and Articles 370, I did not see any reason to continue our relationship with the NDA," he said.
The Chief Minister also came down heavily on his party MP Anil Sahni who is being investigated by the CBI for his involvement in what is now known as the LTC scam.
"He should resign and fight the charges in a court if he is innocent as he claims to be. If he is kicked out from the Parliament, I would not have any problem with the decision. Vice President of India and Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari gave the green signal for a CBI enquiry and I have no reason to doubt the integrity of the Vice President," he said.
Kumar once again defended his decision to impose prohibition in Bihar that also includes sale and consumption of 'toddy' – profession pursued mainly by the Pasi community.
"How long these people will be climbing up the tree and tap toddy. I want them to become educated and become professionals and the prohibition will help them go far in their lives instead of continuing to tap toddy," the Chief Minister said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS