Thanks, but No Thanks; JD-U to RJD

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arriving at Bihar Assembly on Monday.

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Patna: An overture by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders to Nitish Kumar to come back to the Grand Alliance was promptly shot down by the Janata Dal – U leaders saying there was no chance of Nitish Kumar ever returning to the Mahagathbandhan that lost at all seats in Bihar but one in the last Lok Sabha elections.

Shrawan Kumar, Janata Dal – U leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, speaking on behalf of the Chief Minister, said that the question of Nitish Kumar or the JD-U going back to the Mahagathbandhan did not arise as the RJD, as a viable political party, was finished and whatever was left of it after this year's Lok Sabha election debacle, it would come to an end after next year's state elections in Bihar.

As reported, both Shivanand Tiwari and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, the two trusted lieutenants of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, had sent messages to Nitish Kumar to return to the Grand Alliance fold insisting the RJD and the JD-U shared sentiments on a number of issues like the Triple Talaq Bill, Article 370, and Uniform Civil Code and both parties stood for secularism and improvement in the condition of Dalits, backwards, and minorities.

"Even Rabri Devi is supporting this idea of Nitish Kumar returning to the Mahagathbandhan," said Raghuvansh Prasad Singh.

It may be remembered that the RJD leaders, particularly Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, the two sons of Lalu Prasad Yadav, repeatedly taunted Nitish Kumar during the last election cycle with epithets like 'Paltu Ram' and 'traitor who betrayed the mandate of the people of Bihar'.

"RJD is done. It has no leadership and the two sons of Lalu Prasad Yadav are political amateur at best. Bihar has moved on under the NDA leadership and it has no intention of going back to an alliance that was wiped off in the last Parliamentary elections," Shrawan Kumar said.

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