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Surprise support for Kejriwal from Nitish

Surprise support for Kejriwal from Nitish
The Janata Dal (United) leader, in his reply to the debate on the Governor’s address to the Bihar assembly, dared the BJP to respond to Kejriwal’s accusation. ‘Why is the party not replying to Kejriwal’s charge on its relations with a top industrialist?’ Kumar asked, without taking the corporate czar’s name.

The Bihar chief minister’s anti-BJP diatribe is the latest in long list of attacks on his party’s erstwhile alliance partner. The JD(U) boss snapped his party’s 17-year-old association with the BJP in June last year after Narendra Modi was elevated as its prime ministerial face. The two parties have since then turned into bitter foes.

Even though the AAP has declared its intention of fighting the established players in Bihar, and even managed to lure Parveen Amanullah, the most prominent minority face in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, the Bihar chief minister did not hesitate to back Kejriwal’s allegation pointing to the BJP’s alleged links with Ambani.

Kejriwal, 45, had resigned from the Delhi chief minister’s post on 14 February, after the BJP ganged up with the Congress frustrate his plans to introduce the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly. He later accused the BJP and the Congress of colluding with each other in retaliation against the FIR lodged against Ambani for inflating gas prices.

In his reply to the Governor’s address, Kumar also ruled out the possibility of re-embracing the BJP after the Lok Sabha polls, due by May, and insisted that he would rather dump power and step into political oblivion. ‘But there is no question of joining hands with the BJP now,’ Kumar told the state assembly.
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