Nitish has Lost Credibility; Will Not be Welcomed in Grand Alliance: Tariq

NCP leader Tariq Anwar (file photo).

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Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, by betraying the Grand Alliance, lost his credibility and now no one trusted him anymore.

"Nitish Kumar, by walking out of the Mahagathbandhan, insulted the mandate of the people of Bihar. People have lost faith in him and today he stands with his entire image maligned," the NCP MP said.

Anwar said he agreed with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav when he said that all doors in the Grand Alliance for Nitish Kumar were closed and he was not welcomed by any party in Bihar.

"While being a part of the Grand Alliance, Nitish Kumar had once said that he would rather consume poison than join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but it took him only a few months to break his pledge to go back in the NDA fold," he said.

On the possibility of Janata Dal – U once again joining the Grand Alliance, the NCP leader said that it would be a collective decision of the alliance and since RJD was the largest member of the coalition, without its approval, it was not likely for Kumar to come back into the Mahagathbandhan.

Anwar then outlined his party's plan to intensify stir to demand special status for Bihar.

"We will launch a massive agitation in August to press for our demand for special status for Bihar. The NCP will also hold a dharna in Delhi at the end of August to press for special status," he said.

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