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Nitish Kumar''s writ no longer runs in Bihar; BJP calling the shots: Rabri Devi

Nitish Kumar''s writ no longer runs in Bihar; BJP calling the shots: Rabri Devi
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Patna, Jan 1 (PTI) Former Bihar chief minister Rabri

Devi on Friday claimed that Nitish Kumar''s writ no longer ran

in the government he was heading, and it was the BJP, his

numerically stronger ally, which was calling the shots.

The RJD national vice president, who preceded Kumar in

power, was replying to queries from journalists about the

recent bureaucratic reshuffle in which some officers believed

to be close to the chief minister have been divested of the

plum posts they had been holding for long.

"The writ of Nitish Kumar no longer runs in his own

government. He should have thought carefully before taking

oath as chief minister again," said Rabri Devi, taking a dig

at the JD(U) leader who retained the top post despite his

party finishing a distant third in the assembly polls.

The BJP returned with a tally of 74 in the 243-strong

assembly while the JD(U) could manage only 43.

The RJD, though it fell short of achieving power, won

the maximum number of 75 seats.

"All those who have been loyal to Nitish Kumar and

known to be having his interests in mind are likely to be

sidelined in the days to come," alleged the RJD leader whose

party has been trying to goad the chief minister to bite the

bullet and quit the NDA, following the recent defection of JD

(U) MLAs to the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh.

A large number of RJD supporters visited Rabri Devis

10, Circular Road residence on Friday to greet her on her 65th

birthday.

Asked about the charge by JD(U)-BJP combine that her

son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav had the propensity to

"run away" from Bihar, an allusion to his frequent trips to

the national capital, she said, "People visit places because

they have some business there. Do the leaders of the BJP and

the JD(U) spend their lives locked in safes?"

She asserted that "only members of my family or my

party have the right to question my son about his personal

life".

She also expressed concern over the deteriorating

health of her husband, the RJD''s jailed supremo Lalu Prasad,

and voiced displeasure over the NDA raising the issue of his

prolonged stay at a bungalow -- allotted to a senior medical

officer -- in Ranchi, where he is serving sentences for his

involvement in the fodder scam.

"It was the decision of the government (in Jharkhand)

to put him up at a bungalow. After the hue and cry, he has

been shifted back to the hospital. Those who have a grouse

should question the government instead of targeting us. We are

just common people," she said.

Notably, the RJD is a junior alliance partner of the

government headed by Hemant Soren in the adjoining state. PTI

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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