Nitish will Complete his Term; Says Shahabuddin

RJD former MP Mohammed Shahabuddin (file photo).

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Patna: After causing a flutter in the state politics by his statement that he did not consider Janata Dal – U President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as his leader, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammed Shahabuddin, in a media interview on Saturday, said the Nitish government was in no danger and would be able to complete its term without any problem.

The former RJD MP, also known as the 'Terror of Siwan', who was released from the Bhagalpur Jail on Saturday after spending over a decade in prison, said that his release or his statement that he did not consider Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as his leader should not be seen as a threat to the RJD, Janata Dal – U, Congress grand alliance government in Bihar that, he said, would be able to complete its full term of five years as expected.

He, however, doubled down on his regard or the lack of it, for Nitish Kumar saying he was never his leader and could become the Chief Minister of Bihar due to the generosity of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav whose party had emerged as the largest party in the last Assembly polls.

"Nitish Kumar became the Chief Minister due to the pre-poll arrangement and not because he had the mandate of the people," the convicted former MP said.

Shahabuddin also put the Congress on notice by saying that Rahul Gandhi, like Nitish Kumar, was not his leader and he will never support him if he was ever the candidate for the post of Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, another RJD leader reiterated his distrust in Nitish Kumar saying Shahabuddin was right in saying the JD-U President was not his leader.

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, senior RJD leader, repeated his lack of faith in Kumar saying he became the Chief Minister due to pre-poll arrangement between the concerned parties in the grand alliance and not because he was the choice of the people.

"I was opposed to Nitish Kumar becoming the Chief Minister again from the very beginning. However, the leaders in the grand alliance had decided that he will be the CM of Bihar so I just went along with them," Singh said.

Insiders believe Singh is merely expressing the sentiments of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who, while on surface expresses his support for Nitish Kumar, deep down he has never forgiven him for playing a major role in his conviction in the fodder scam. Furthermore, Yadav is more interested in promoting his own children as has been said by a number of political pundits.

"Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is merely uttering the words of Lalu Prasad Yadav who is in an untenable position in which he cannot be seen as criticizing Nitish Kumar because that could hurt the political future of his two sons one of whom is the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar," said an RJD leader.

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