Sitaram Yechury Takes Dig At Nitish Kumar's 'Political Opportunism'

Sharad Yadav stands with Congress leaders during a meeting in New Delhi

The political turmoil set off by the break-up of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar played out all day in Delhi, with senior JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav keeping away from his party president Nitish Kumar's sixth stab at being Chief Minister.

The JD (U) contested the October-November 2015 Bihar assembly polls with grand alliance partners Congress and RJD and handsomely defeated the BJP-led coalition.

The RJD today said it would move court as well as knock at the "people's door" to protest against the Bihar governor's invitation to the JD (U) and the NDA to form a government in the state in "blatant violation" of a Supreme Court judgement. The largest party was not invited first to try and form government, as is the democratic tradition.

Earlier, Nitish ended his less than two-year old grand alliance with the RJD and Congress on Wednesday evening, citing a "call of conscience" over corruption charges slapped against his former deputy and Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav.

As an ordinary student of political science and close observer of Nitish Kumar's style of politics, his trajectory and character, I knew that it would be a marriage of political expediency.

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Congress did make a statement in the media expressing the the disappointment over Nitish's decision and the statement also had a gentle reminder for everyone to respect the mandate of the people of Bihar, the people of Bihar did not want BJP in power.

As an active BJP reached out to everyone it could to get the numbers on its side, sources in the Congress said that the leadership, in particular Digvijaya Singh, was late in deciding on the leader of the legislature party. Lalu Prasad also termed Kumar's "anti-BJP" drive as a well-scripted drama and the part of a "fixed game" between the JD (U) and the BJP.

While Lalu said Nitish had "backstabbed" the people of Bihar, Nitish had said that it was becoming impossible for him to operate under the current circumstances.

"My commitment is for the people of Bihar and for the development of Bihar". We are hurt and we will raise the matter in the forthcoming national executive committee of the JD (U). "The mandate was given to Nitish ji for the anti-communal fight but now he has joined hands with them for his personal politics", Rahul told reporters. This prompted Nitish to break alliance with Lalu's party and resign to the CM post. "It is like dacoity", Jha, RJD spokesperson, said. Mr Modi said Bihar would be put on high growth trajectory as the NDA was in power both at the Centre and also in the state.

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