Felt Insulted by a Patronizing Tejaswi Yadav, Says Nitish Kumar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holding a party meet in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: The Sharad-less faction of the Janata Dal – U led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function in Patna on Saturday, officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA even as the former party President Sharad Yadav was holding a parallel event elsewhere with a handful of rebel leaders claiming his faction was the 'real' JD-U while the one led by Kumar was the JD-U owned by the BJP.

"I must have been a fool to trust certain people in my life," the Chief Minister said in an obvious reference to Sharad Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief.

Daring Yadav to prove his strength, Kumar said that either Sharad Yadav show he has the number to form his own party or be prepared to lose his Rajya Sabha membership.

"Do you have two-thirds of the party MPs and MLA's? If you are unable to prove your strength, we will be terminating your Rajya Sabha membership," he said at the party's national council meet at a function at the Rabindra Bhawan.

The function was attended by 71 party MLAs and 30 MLCs, including all from the Seemanchal region that Yadav represents; seven Rajya Sabha members and two Lok Sabha members along with most office bearers.

Kumar also condemned the clash outside his residence prior to today's meeting saying most of the people trying to incite a riot were the hired goons of the RJD pretending to be the supporters of Sharad Yadav.

"Are you trying to break the party on the strength of these thugs and hooligans? Once the dust settles down, you will be left with no one and you will find yourself all alone," the CM said.

Kumar recalled how he felt insulted when RJD leader, Lalu's son and former Deputy Chief Minister once, while sitting beside him at a meeting, told me that he will continue to remain the CM as if he was the CM at his mercy. He also, without mentioning his name, talked about RJD leader and criminal Mohammed Shahabuddin when he commented from his jail cell that Nitish Kumar was the CM of circumstances.

"These words were very insulting but I kept working in the interest of Bihar but when it became clear that I could not continue to stay on the path of derailment with accusations of corruption surrounding my administration, I had no choice but to get out of the Grand Alliance," Kumar said.

Earlier, a minor scuffle took place outside the Chief Minister's residence when Sharad Yadav's supporters, while going to S K Memorial Hall from the Airport, tried to breach the security measures at the official home of the CM. However, they were chased away by the security guards and no one was said to be hurt in the incident.


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