Congress says all is well in Bihar alliance

UPA President candidate Meira Kumar being greeted by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiahas as KPCC President G Parameswar during her visit for the campaigning of President Election at KPCC office in Bengaluru

"I am not the face of the opposition nor I have any aspiration or capability to become the Prime Minister", Kumar told the media on Monday on the sidelines of his weekly people's interaction programme.

"RJD has supported the GST earlier but later we found that the BJP-led government at the Centre has changed it".

"Alternative politics is demand of the time", he added.

Politics over Presidential election 2017 started after Kumar extended his support to the NDA candidate Kovind last month.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is drifting away from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and therefore, is trying to mend the alliance. When pointed out that like her, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also been speaking about development based on Mahatma Gandhi's ideologies, Kumar said Gandhiji's ideology was that of "secularism".

Kumar's comments come at a time when questions have been raised on the continuity of the alliance after JD (U) chose to back NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind while the other members including the Congress and RJD backed the opposition's Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker.

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Taking a dig at the Congress and the RJD, the JD (U) leader said the opposition should not object to all government moves just for the sake of opposition unity.

Blaming the Congress for the multiple narratives followed by Opposition in the Presidential poll, Kumar said that Congress had to step up and provide an alternative agenda for a unified Opposition. "There is no threat to Mahagathbandhan", said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar putting an end to the speculation of a split.

"There was no invitation, so where is the question of attending or skipping?" he added. "Nitish Kumar himself has said that the alliance is strong and stable and it will continue", Singhvi said. Senior leaders of the JD (U) say that the corruption allegations against Lalu Prasad and his family members are a big reason for a dilemma in the JD (U) over attending the public meeting.

"I have said earlier also that I am not the PM face of opposition in 2019, neither am I eligible", Nitish said.

"Even when my party was in the NDA and the BJP was opposed to the GST, we were in support of the grand tax legislation".

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