Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that all secular parties needed to come together to create BJP/RSS-free India.
Speaking at a conclave in Patna, Nitish Kumar said, “Loktantra khatre mein hai, sabhi gair BJP parties ko ek saath aana hoga unhe harane ke liye. Alag alag ladne se baat nahi banegi (The democracy is in danger. All non-BJP parties must come together to defeat them. Fighting elections separately won’t solve the problem). Lohia had made a non-Congress platform, now all parties have to unite against the BJP.”
The three stalwarts of the BJP — Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi — have been sidelined within the party and power has gone to people who have no faith in secularism and communal harmony,” he was quoted by Indian Express.
Reacting to Kumar’s statement, BJP leaders said that the Bihar chief minister was ‘daydreaming.’
News agency IANS quoted BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain as saying, “What is Nitish Kumar’s credibility to call for a BJP-mukt Bharat when he himself had been ‘BJP-yukt’ (associated with BJP) for 17 long years? Nitish Kumar’s JD-U is a regional party that has never contested on all the seats even in Bihar.”
Hussain added, “These are his dreams but these dreams will not be realised. The Janata Dal is not united even in Bihar. So Nitish Kumar first needs to build his party at a national level before giving such statements.”