Now, Bihar BJP leader Choubey cautions against any future tie up with Nitish Kumar

Now, Bihar BJP leader Choubey cautions against any future tie up with Nitish Kumar


New Delhi: A senior BJP leader and a former Minister in the Bihar Government Ashwini Choubey said here today that the saffron party should be much careful in its dealings with state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Mr Choubey mocked at Mr Kumar's latest complaint about 'corruption' among RJD leaders and wanted to know, "...In 2013, did Nitish not know that Lalu Prasad was a scam tainted leader". "We should not forget Nitish Kumar had back-stabbed our party once... I blame Nitish Kumar more than anyone else for reviving Lalu Prasad and his politics of corruption and gross arrogance in Bihar," Mr Choubey, sitting Buxar MP in the Lok Sabha, told here. He said since voted out of power in 2005 November, the RJD was on decline and the politics of Bihar was "changing fast" as people were almost forgetting Lalu Prasad. "But Nitish Kumar in his desperation to hang on to power went on to sit on Lalu Prasad's lap and the rest is not history, but a tragedy. Nitish Kumar himself is singularly responsible for this," said Mr Choubey, who was Health and Urban Development Minister in Nitish Cabinet from 2005 to 2013. Mr Kumar had walked out of the NDA in June 2013 after Mr Narendra Modi was named as chairman of the BJP's election campaign committee. Mr Choubey said, "The BJP leadership should be aware of Nitish Kumar's conduct in the past.... I am still to reconcile with the insult hurled on us when he cancelled the dinner party just to protest over a photograph of Narendra Modi". "This is not a Bihari culture or part of our national ethos. We believe in Atithi Devo Bhava," he said. The BJP MP said even Mr Kumar's excuse of moving out of NDA in 2013 over naming of Mr Modi as BJP's chairman of election campaign committee was "unjustified". "Naming someone chairman of a party committee is internal matter of the BJP, Nitish had no say and no business to interfere," he said

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