-Nistish said, opposition make strategy only for loss in president’s election
Distance among ruling Grand Alliance Party has been more widening after fielding of Meira Kumar as Presidential candidate by the Opposition parties. Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar called Meira Kumar’s candidature as strategy only for defeat, rather than winning. He questioned, if Meira’s name announced as presidential candidate for defeat by the Opposition.
The CM was interacting with media persons after returning to Ane Marg from Iftar party organized by RJD chief Lalu Prasad at 10, Circular Road, Patna.
Nitish defended JD (U) stand to support NDA presidential candidate, Ramnath Kovind. Nitish said, “They (Opposition) took the decision after much deliberations and it has already been informed to Sonia Gandhi and Lalu Prasad by him about it. So, let me commit historic mistake.” Nitish was commenting on Lalu Prasad’s earlier remark that Nitish was committing a historic mistake by supporting Ramnath Kovind’s candidature.
Nitish said, “Big party should take the initiative to unite Opposition party as leaders of parties like JD (U) and small parties have got no capacity for the same. He claimed that he had tried to unite the Opposition parties in 2014, but to no avail. The CM also raised question over Meira Kumar as ‘Bihar Ki Beti’ and added, “UPA could have easily got her elected as President twice during its decade-long dominance if it had really cared for the Meira Kumar.” Though Nitish admired Meira Kumar personality as Union Minister and Speaker of Lok Sabha in past.
“There is a lot of regards for Meira Kumar for me personally, but the Opposition should have chalked out a strategy to win Lok Sabha elections way back in 2019. It must have been followed by making Bihar Ki Beti as President in 2022,” Nitish advised.
He further said, “It was for the first time that any Governor of Bihar was being made as The President. Kovind might be having a background in RSS. Still, one must remember that he (Kovind) had kicked off his political career with the former Prime Minister, Morarjee Desai.”