Shut up or Leave the Grand Alliance: Congress to RJD

Congress state President and Bihar Education Minister Ashok Kumar Chowdhary (file photo).

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Patna: Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP from Siwan and a professional criminal Mohammed Shahabuddin, three days after being released from the prison on bail, continued to shape the politics of the state with Congress state President Ashok Kumar Chowdhary now piling up on the RJD saying if its leaders did not treat Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the de facto leader of the state then they were free to walk away from the grand alliance.

Apparently peeved by Shahabuddin's comment that he only treated RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav as his leader and not Nitish Kumar or even the Congress heir-apparent Rahul Gandhi, Chowdhary had few words for his party's long-time political partner.

"The RJD needs to get control of its leaders who had been disparaging Nitish Kumar despite the fact that the JD-U leader had the mandate of the people. If you don't think Nitish is your leader, you are free to get out of the Mahagathbandhan. Nitish government will be just fine without you," the Congress leader, also the Education Minister in the Nitish administration, said.

Continuing to defend the Chief Minister, Chowdhary said that outside Bihar, Lalu tells everyone that the grand alliance remained very strong in the state but at home, his party leaders continue to target Nitish Kumar which is not conducive to the health of the coalition.

Alarmed by the strong pushback from both the JD-U and the Congress, Yadav excoriated his own party leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, who had earlier, in agreement with Shahabuddin, had said that Nitish Kumar was not his leader either because he became the Chief Minister of Bihar due to the circumstances of the time and not because he had the mandate of the people.

"Raghuvansh Babu has a habit of badgering someone unnecessarily. He needs to stop making such comments that hurt the alliance in Bihar," Yadav said.

He, however, agreed with the Siwan MP saying he saw nothing wrong in his statement when he said that he considered him as his leader and no one else.

"What's wrong in him seeing as his leader?" the RJD chief asked.

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