Last straw was ‘bid to do a Maharashtra in Bihar’
PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Tuesday took a formal decision to quit the BJP-led NDA after over a dozen JD(U) MPs and MLAs complained to him during a meeting that attempts were being made by their bigger ally to break the party.
“Some MLAs also said they were offered cash in crores by a middleman if two-thirds of JD(U) legislators were ready to split the party,” a party functionary told TOI.
One Lok Sabha member recalled how BJP tried to downsize JD(U) and Nitish Kumar by fielding rebel JD(U) leaders on the LJP symbol in the 2020 assembly polls that led to thhe defeat of party candidates in more than two dozen seats. They also alleged the BJP leadership tacitly supported all anti-Nitish moves of Chirag Paswan during the last polls.
JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh said every party worker knew how another ‘Chirag model’ was being prepared in the state through senior party leader RCP Singh to downsize the political stature of Nitish.
Later, all JD(U) lawmakers unanimously resolved and authorised Nitish to take any decision.
Speaking at the meeting, Nitish too said that BJP made attempts to weaken JD(U), first by propping up Chirag’s rebellion and later through the party’s leader. After taking consent of the party’s lawmakers, Nitish went to the Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation.