No Regrets for Breaking Ties with Lalu's RJD; Says Nitish

Nitish Kumar at Disaster Management function in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Shortly after participating in the foundation day celebration of the Bihar Disaster Management in Patna on Monday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is under fire from his former ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), said that he was pleased to know that the RJD chief was going to make his (Kumar's) tomb in Rajgir saying he was a great fan of Rajgir area because that is where he spent his childhood days.

"I am glad that Lalu ji is going to set up a tombstone in my memory in Rajgir. Rajgir is a beautiful place and I have a weakness for it because this where I grew up taking a dip in the famous Rajgir Kund. What more can I ask from the RJD leader," the Chief Minister said with his tongue planted in his cheek.

Apparently, not happy about Lalu and his sons' latest remarks, Kumar said that in his 47 years in politics, he had never seen people lower than the Lalu family.

"We all have made scathing remarks in the heat of the moment but this is a new low in Bihar politics when a politician is openly talking about his opponent's death and treatment after that. This shows how desperate these people have become in the aftermath of loss of power. As such, I have no hesitation in saying that I am glad I broke away from this alliance," he said.

Kumar went on saying the RJD chief had destroyed his own life by practicing and promoting corruption in Bihar and at the same time made sure his entire family was also doomed.

"He was already going under in connection with many scams he is involved in but he also made sure he will not go down alone. He is determined to sink with his entire family," he said.

The Chief Minister also slammed the Lalu family on prohibition issue saying when Bihar was making the world's largest human chain in support of prohibition, Lalu was with him holding his hand like millions of other people.

"Now that they are out of power, they have become anti-prohibition crusaders. I want to ask them why did they not come out against prohibition when they were in power?" he said adding the RJD was talking about Srijan scam in Bihar to divert the attention from themselves since he had already ordered CBI probe in the scam.

"No one will be spared if found to be guilty," he said.

Kumar also revealed that when he was part of the Grand Alliance in Bihar, the Lalu clan was putting pressure on him to provide protection to liquor and sand mafia in the state.

"Every day was a struggle for me to remain in the Mahagathbandhan but when law and order got out of hand, I had no choice but to break the alliance," the Chief Minister said.

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