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
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
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