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Nitish walks away from NDA, joins hands with Grand Alliance

RCP Singh had resigned from the JD(U) alleging that some party leaders were constantly humiliating him and crossed all limits.

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Patna: In a dramatic move, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish on Tuesday walked away from NDA and joined hands with Grand Alliance to form a new government in the state.

Sources said here that Chief Minister Kumar had taken a decision to walk away from NDA during the meeting of MPs and legislators of his party JD(U) convened by him at 1 Anne Marg, the official residence of the Chief Minister. It is being said that all MPs and Legislators had unanimously supported the decision to snap ties with BJP and walk away from NDA.

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JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh had told media persons before the meeting that there would be discussed in the wake of the RCP episode. Former JD(U)president RCP Singh resigned from the party on Saturday evening following a show cause notice issued to him by the party seeking explanations for amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income for the period from 2013 to 2022.

RCP Singh had resigned from the JD(U) alleging that some party leaders were constantly humiliating him and crossed all limits.

JD(U) president Singh had said that his party was no more prepared to tolerate the Chirag model. RCP Singh was being prepared as Chirag model by BJP to damage JD(U) as had been done in 2020 Bihar assembly Elections, he had pointed out.

LJP MP Chirag Paswan despite claiming himself to be part of NDA had put up candidates against JD(U) in the 2020 Bihar Assembly Elections damaging its electoral prospect and bringing down the JD(U) tally from 71 to 43 in 2020 Bihar Assembly Elections.

On the other hand, the leader of the opposition Tejaswi Prasad Yadav had also convened a meeting of Grand Alliance legislators comprising RJD, Congress CPI(ML), CPI, and CPI(M). During the meeting, it was decided to support Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he snapped ties with BJP in the changed political scenario.

Grand Alliance leaders are expected to accompany Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to extend required support letters to Governor when he would call on him at about 4 PM. Leader of the opposition Tejaswi Prasad Yadav and other leaders of Congress, CPI(ML), CPI(M), and CPI will call on the governor along with Chief Minister Kumar.

As it is, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had also snapped ties with BJP in 2013 when the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was declared as PM candidate of the BJP for the 2014 Lok Sabha election. BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi had emerged victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections along with its allies. After victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi had become Prime Minister.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had formed Grand Alliance after joining hands with RJD, Congress other parties in Bihar. Grand Alliance emerged victorious under the leadership of Chief Minister Kumar in the 2015 Bihar Assembly Elections. The Grand Alliance government was formed in Bihar under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

In 2017, Chief Minister Kumar again joined hands with BJP to form the NDA government after deserting Grand Alliance in the state. Almost after five years, taking a U-turn, Chief Minister snapped ties with BJP and joined RJD to form a new government with the support of other parties in a grand alliance.

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