Nitish Regrets Going Back to NDA; Says Former Rajasthan CM

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot paying tribute to former Bihar CM Satyendra Narayan Singh in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Even as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah on Thursday to iron out wrinkles over seat-sharing for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Ashok Gehlot, at a party meeting at Sadaqat Ashram, was trying to convince his party leaders that Kumar was probably regretting joining NDA last year and was mulling a return to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Grand Alliance.

"By all accounts, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is regretting abandoning the secular Grand Alliance and going back to the communal NDA fold. His decision was wrong and sources tell me that he is not happy under the saffron umbrella," Gehlot said while talking to reporters.

The former Rajasthan Chief Minister also took a shot at the Bihar BJP for building large gates and erecting giant posters and cut-outs of Shah to welcome the man who was hell-bent on dividing India on communal lines.

"Where are these people getting the money from?" he asked.

Gehlot rued the decline of Congress Party in Bihar saying once it used to be the strongest party in the state but over the years, it weakened and had to join hands with the RJD and other parties to maintain its presence.

"Time has come to make the party strong again in Bihar and I urge all party leaders and members to work hard to restore the lost glory of the Congress Party in the state," he said.

Earlier, Gehlot paid floral tribute to former Bihar Chief Minister Satyendra Narayan Singh to mark his birth anniversary and also paid a visit to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to enquire about his health.

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