Nitish Kumar to now skip Opposition meet on vice-presidential polls tomorrow

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By DoThe Best July 10, 2017 12:44

Nitish Kumar to now skip Opposition meet on vice-presidential polls tomorrow

Nitish Kumar to now skip Opposition meet on vice-presidential polls tomorrow

JDU chief Nitish Kumar will not be attending the Opposition’s meet scheduled to be held in Delhi on Tuesday. Earlier on Sunday, citing ill health as the reason, Nitish Kumar had also cancelled his weekly Lok Samvad program.

Nitish Kumar’s decision to skip the meet has gives another jolt to efforts to mend Opposition unity as the non-NDA parties will be meeting to discuss the vice-presidential nominee and Opposition strategy for the Monsoon Session.

Earlier, Nitish’s Janata Dal (United) didn’t take part in the meeting of 17 Opposition parties that announced that former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar would be their presidential nominee.

The Bihar CM has called all his party leaders at national and state level for a meeting in Patna raising many questions as far mahaghatbandhan in Bihar is concerned.

DENT IN OPPOSITION UNITY

Ever since Nitish Kumar announced his support to Ram Nath Kovind ahead of the presidential polls, there’s speculation in Bihar political circles that Nitish was looking for ways to return to the NDA camp.

The chief minister’s decision to back Kovind also brought back the focus on whether everything was well between Nitish and Lalu, and whether Nitish would continue to lead the the Grand Alliance government, which he runs with the RJD’s support.

Nitish Kumar did not just send out a clear message to the Opposition parties declaring that he will not take a U-turn on supporting NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, he further slammed the Opposition parties for fielding former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as their choice for President.

BIHAR ASSEMBLY SEATS

The present scenario in the Bihar Assembly is that Mahagathbadhan partners have 178 seats, RJD 80, JDU 71, Congress 27. The BJP-led NDA, on the other hand, has 57 seats. In the event of Nitish pulling out of the government following deteriorating relations with Lalu’s party RJD, he may still continue to remain the CM with NDA’s support. NDA with 57 seats along with JDU’s 71 will reach 128, well past the half way mark of 122 in the house of 243.

DoThe Best
By DoThe Best July 10, 2017 12:44
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