JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh ‘Lalan’ on Thursday asserted that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was fully with the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and would not realign with the BJP "even in seven lifetimes".
"Saat janam mein bhi nahin", exclaimed Lalan, who also charged the former ally with engaging in a whisper campaign to create a false impression that Kumar, the JD(U)'s supreme leader, who had dumped the saffron party a year ago, was having a change of mind.
"I know there are many supporters of the BJP in our own party who are involved in giving rise to such confusion. One such element was Ranbir Nandan whom we expelled yesterday. He had been saying that Nitish Kumar should join hands with (PM) Narendra Modi in the interests of Bihar; as if the CM acted as per Nandan's advice,” Lalan told reporters here.
A state unit spokesman and former MLC, Nandan was expelled for repeatedly going against the party line, though he later claimed that he had quit the JD(U) before the order of expulsion was issued since he had grown disillusioned with Kumar.
Lalan expressed strong displeasure over continued speculations of yet another volte face by the chief minister in a section of the media which, the JD(U) chief alleged, was acting at the behest of the ruling BJP at the Centre.
"These channels and anchors are acting as per the script prepared by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is also producer and director of this farcical show,” he claimed.
“But, the fact is, Nitish Kumar will never go back to the BJP...", Lalan said.
-With PTI Input