Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

NEW DELHI: The Congress said Tuesday that he will support any non-BJP government in Bihar to help strengthen secular forces amid frantic political activity in the state where Prime Minister Nitish Kumar has ended the JD(U)’s alliance with the BJP.
The sources said that the Congress, which has 19 lawmakers in the Bihar Assembly, will follow whatever the RJD decides and its presence will help strengthen the coalition.
They added that just like in Maharashtra, where the Congress helped unite the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government by supporting Shiv Sena, who was ideologically different, it could align with Kumar, who stayed with them in the past.
“Ours is an ideological battle and we are not fighting for power. Congress will support any non-BJP government and help strengthen secular forces,” Congress Secretary-General Tariq Anwar told PTI.
“Because Nitish Kumar will leave the BJP and join, we will support him,” he said, adding the necessary steps to strengthen secular forces and defeat communal forces to be taken over by the big old party.
The JD-U has 45 lawmakers and the RJS has 79 MLAs, while the BJP has only 75 MLAs in the 243-member state assembly in Bihar.
The CPI-ML has 12 MLAs, CPI-M and CPI each have two MLAs, while one MLA is from AIMIM. Former Prime Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha has four lawmakers and one is independent, while one seat is vacant.
Sources in Patna said Kumar has parted ways with the BJP ally and is likely to meet Governor Phagu Chauhan later in the day.
Although no official announcements have been made, the senior leader of RJD Upendra Kushwaha in a tweet he congratulated Kumar for leading a “new coalition in a new way”, implicitly acknowledging the split and embracing the RJD-led ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) to continue in office.
Kumar, who has been promised the support of opposition parties, asked Chauhan for time, who gave him an appointment at 4 pm, they said.
A meeting of the RJD-led Grand Alliance, comprising the Left and Congress, was also held at Rabri Devi’s house, where all MLAs are said to have signed a letter of support for Kumar.
Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav is likely to visit the CM’s residence to deliver the letter of support at any time.
The CM is understood to have told party lawmakers and MPs, in a meeting he called at his official residence, that the BJP had pushed him against the wall and tried to weaken his JD(U), first by propping up the Chirag rebellion. Paswan. and then through the former national president of the party RCP Singh.
Singh was appointed a cabinet minister at the Center without Kumar’s explicit agreement. Consequently, when he ended his term as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the JD(U) refused to give him another term as MP, thus also ending his term as a cabinet minister.
Relations between the BJP and JD(U) have worsened over disagreements over a number of issues, including caste census, population control and the ‘Agnipath’ defense recruitment scheme.
CPIML (Liberation) Secretary General Dipankar Bhattacharya told PTI on Monday that the crux of the dispute between JD(U) and BJP also stemmed from the recent statement by JP Nadda, chairman of the saffron party, who said that regional parties “have no future”. ”.
Meanwhile, the BJP met at the residence of MP CM Tarkishore Prasad, where all the ministers belonging to the party, in addition to the state president. Sanjay Jaywal and other senior leaders are also present. PTI SKC SKC

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