JD-U Leader Emphatically Rules Out Joining Hands with RJD

JD-U leader R C P Singh (file photo).

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Patna: In an attempt to quell the increasing chatter of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar probably once again plotting to dump his ally, an act he has pulled many times in the past, senior Janata Dal – U leader and a Rajya Sabha member R C P Singh on Wednesday ruled out in no uncertain terms of any chance of JD-U once again joining hands with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) saying it was just not going to happen.

Patna: In an attempt to quell the increasing chatter of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar probably once again plotting to dump his ally, an act he has pulled many times in the past, senior Janata Dal – U leader and a Rajya Sabha member R C P Singh on Wednesday ruled out in no uncertain terms of any chance of JD-U once again joining hands with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) saying it was just not going to happen.

"There is no question of going back to the RJD. Nitish Kumar has always had low tolerance for corruption so do you really think that he will join hand with a party whose chief is doing time in a jail? This is unthinkable," said Singh.

With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections approaching fast, leaders from the RJD and Congress have been sending feelers to the JD-U president, despite his image as an unreliable political partner, to ditch NDA and come back into the Grand Alliance fold.

The Chief Minister has been roundly criticized for not putting enough pressure on the Narendra Modi government at the center on the issue of special category status to Bihar.

"We will support Nitish Kumar on his demand for special status if he decides to join Mahagathbandhan before the next election," both Congress and RJD leaders have said.

RJD leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was taking Kumar for a ride by refusing to ignore the demands of Bihar.

"They have no intention of giving special category status to Bihar nor have they acceded Bihar's demand for granting central university status to Patna University," Yadav said.

Kumar's unexpected turn-around on his stand on demonetization, an idea he was vehemently supportive of even when he was in the Grand Alliance, has only given leg to the rumor that he was searching for an exit plan from the NDA.

"There is no truth to these rumors and one must not read too much into Nitish Kumar's comment on demonetization," Singh said.

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