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Amit Shah invites Nitish Kumar to join BJP


New Delhi, Aug 12 (Agencies): BJP president Amit Shah has invited Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar to join the ruling NDA, following the latter's alliance with the saffron party in the state to form a new government.

"I met JD(U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday (Friday). I invited JD(U) to join the NDA," Shah said in a tweet on Saturday.

This is the first official development between Nitish and the BJP, post the debacle in July, with Nitish Kumar resigning as the Bihar Chief Minister and breaking ties with the Grand Alliance and then forming the government with the saffron party.

The Bihar-based party is expected to endorse a proposal to join the NDA in its national executive meeting in Patna on August 19, after which it is likely to join the Narendra Modi cabinet.

Asked if the party would join the Modi cabinet, a JD(U) leader said such a decision would be "natural".

"When we are together in government in Bihar, it is only natural that our party joins the Union government," he said.

The Bihar Chief Minister also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

In July, BJP's mounting pressure on Nitish to oust then Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav from the Cabinet led to the departure of JD-U and RJD led 'mahagathbandhan' government in Bihar with Nitish's resignation.

This came after the CBI registered a corruption case against RJD chief Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.

Nitish, however, swore-in as the Bihar Chief Minister the very next day with Sushil Modi as his Deputy Chief Minister.

Reasoning out the whole drama, Nitish Kumar reiterated that he quit the 'Grand Alliance' in Bihar for the development of the state.

Comment on this article

  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Nitish must join BJP. It will be a correct step. Instead of fooling people around it will be right thing to do.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Nitesh was a National leader until he recently engaged in oppurtunistic politics. He can never regain his mass appeal. Once he is swallowed by the BJP he will loose his identity.

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  • L n T, Mumbai's

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Look like Sharad Pawar Narayan Rane are on toes to join communal party.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Amit Shah senses that the JD(U) will split and many MLAs who are opposed to the communal politics of the BJP will leave along with Sharad Yadav. Also it is about keep your friends close and your enemies closer and traitors much closer. I do not think BJP view Nitish as a friend. He is viewed more as an opportunist.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Wake up to reality Declan. Let go off frustrations

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Beggars ...... Party

    DisAgree [2] Agree [19] Reply Report Abuse

  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Sat, Aug 12 2017

    Better Nitish maintain his party without any merge

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