Better late than never: Paswan on Nitish Kumar siding with NDA
Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday described Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision of aligning with the NDA as "better late than never".
The Nitish Kumar-led NDA government on Friday secured 131 votes against the opposition's 108 during the floor test in the Bihar Assembly.
"I would term the decision (Nitish aligning with NDA) as better late than never, rather I would say that it is a good decision indeed," he told reporters here. Kumar was sworn in as the chief minister yesterday, as he returned to the NDA after four years. The day earlier, he had resigned as the chief minister, with the JD(U) breaking ranks with its allies.
Taking about the recent controversy in which Tejashwi Yadav was embroiled, Paswan said Kumar had two options before him -- he could have dismissed Tejashwi, the deputy chief minister in the erstwhile Grand Alliance government or dissolved the cabinet. But he (Kumar) played a "master stroke" by resigning, the LJP chief said. "Kumar has now joined hands with his natural ally by breaking his unnatural alliance with Lalu Prasad," Paswan told reporters.
"Ever since the Grand Alliance government was formed in Bihar, I said that it would not last even for two-and-a-half years. Now my prediction has come true," he added.