Congress alone is to blame for the opposition mess - Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar instructed to ensure proper action in the acid attack case and a sum of Rs 13.5 lakh was available to the family

Reaffirming his support for the GST, Kumar said there would be problems initially in switching over to a new tax regime, but in the long run it would help everybody.

"What I said during party meeting yesterday was in a particular context, don't interpret it differently". Earlier, JD (U) has decided that it would not participate in the rally as a party.

Displeased about how the Opposition has let go of crucial issues, Kumar said: "The farmers' issue is now once again in the backburner".

The Congress's response was aimed at the stinging attacks from Nitish, who on Monday, accused it of pursuing a reactive agenda rather than presenting an alternative narrative against the Narendra Modi government. In 2012, Kumar had supported Congress pick Pranab Mukherjee even when JD (U) was part of the ruling NDA in Bihar and Kumar the state's CM.

Kumar further expressed concern over the way politics crept into presidential elections which pushed to the background the issues of the farmers.

The Bihar Chief Minister on Monday declared that he was not in the race to become the Prime Minister in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and that the state's ruling Grand Alliance was very much intact.

Nitish said that the Opposition needs an alternate narrative just reactive narrative won't work. "If they want to attend it, they can or they can skip it", Tyagi added. On the leader of the opposition's Ghulam Nabi Azad's statement that he has multiple ideologies he said that " "Some people have different ideologies. After that when the congress made a decision to boycott the midnight session of the parliament to lauch the GST in the country, then also his party choose to attend the celebration.

Justifying his party's stand on supporting Kovind as a presidential poll nominee and attending the special session of Parliament on GST, he said, "It's our principled stand taken after thoroughly deliberating on all aspects".

According to him, ordinary workers want to get out of the coalition and sit in Opposition, and corner the Bihar government over its failures.

The chief minister elaborated that by setting an alternative narrative in the 2015 Bihar elections, the grand alliance comprising his Janata Dal (United), or JD (U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress had been able to upstage the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

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