Digvijaya Singh says Nitish Kumar may break alliance with BJP before 2019 Lok Sabha election

Updated:  Oct 03, 2018, 12:30 PM

Bihar Lok Sabha Election 2019
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said on wednesday he foresees the chance of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar doing yet one more reversal by walking out of the BJP-led NDA prior to following Lok Sabha election.
 
The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister is on his private visit to Patna. During the visit he talked to news channel and said, "It takes only 24 hours for Kumar to make a volte-face. Lok Sabha elections are six months away. Palti (U-turn) is possible.'' 
 
Singh alleged that Kumar, who heads the JD(U), an NDA constituent, cannot survive without power and may break alliance with BJP if PM Modi's popularity will drop before elecion.
 
On the question of will Congress would welcome welcome Kumar as an ally, Singh said cryptically politics is the art of possibilities.
 
Nitish Kumar had broke his 17-year-old alliance  with the BJP in 2013, shaped a Grand Alliance with the Congress and arch-rival Lalu Prasad a year later, however came to the NDA last year.
 
Kumar quiting  the Grand Alliance in July last year was full of Dramatic events. He had resigned as chief minister of Bihar citing the "call of conscience". At that point, his government was drawing sever criticism from the BJP over corruption cases involving then deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav.
 
But, Nitish Kumar returned as chief minister a day after his resignation and formed an alliance with the BJP.
 
The timings of sings statement makes it significant because it appear NDA partners in Bihar are not on the same page on the issue of seat sharing for 2019 Lok Sabha election.  In Bihar, the NDA comprise BJP, JD(U) Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP and Ramvilas Paswan-led LJP.
 
Speaking about the question of Congress role in seat sharing among the allies of the RJD-led grand alliance in Bihar, the Congress leader said,"the State Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha and the party in-charge for the state Shaktisinh Gohil would decide an of seat-sharing along with senior RJD leaders in the grand alliance. 


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