Nitish to Participate in BJP-sponsored Event in Patna

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar taking part in a service in memory of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Giving rest to rumors, at least for now, that he was once again planning to ditch the NDA and go back to the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, Janata Dal – U President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that he would be taking part in an NDA program in Patna on June 7 to mark the completion of the first four years of the Narendra Modi government at the Center.

Kumar announced his decision to participate in the event after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state President Nityanand Rai and party General Secretary Nagendra Ji met with him at his residence in Patna on Sunday.

Nitish Kumar paying tribute to Pt, Nehru outside Patna Junction on Sunday.Other constituents of the NDA including Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) are also expected to take part in the mega event the venue of which is yet to be decided, Rai said.

Meanwhile, political corridors in Bihar were abuzz with rumors of Kumar planning to walk out of NDA after he stated that Narendra Modi's demonetization move failed to produce desired results as hoped.

Notably, the Bihar Chief Minister had, against the wishes of his former partners Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress while he was part of the Grand Alliance in Bihar, praised Modi for his decision to implement demonetization to flush out black money from the country.

On Saturday, Kumar expressed his disappointment saying demonetization failed to bring desired results and now he was not sure if the move was in the interest of the nation.

"Nitish Kumar needs to leave the NDA and join hands with the like-minded parties. His alliance with the BJP is unconstitutional and Nitish has become a weaker leader under the NDA," Congress state President Kaukab Qadri said.

Former Deputy of Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav also took a swipe at the JD-U leader saying he must feel insulted by the way the BJP has treated him since he walked out of the Grand Alliance.

Earlier, Kumar paid rich tribute to India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his statue outside Patna Junction to mark his 55th death anniversary.

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