In a first major sign of a split in Janata Dal United, a Muslim MP from the party has come out in the open to register his protest against Nitish Kumar for his decision to form the government with the BJP.
The party’s MP, Ali Anwar, told ANI, “Nitish Kumar has listened to his inner voice to form an alliance with the BJP. But my conscience doesn’t allow me to support this decision of his. I will put forward my thoughts in the party if I get the opportunity. I believe that the reasons why we had first parted with BJP are still there. Not only are they present, the BJP is following that agenda (communalism) more aggressively.”
Kumar had sensationally resigned from his post on Wednesday before it became clear that he will form the next government with the help of the BJP. He’s likely to take oath as chief minister today in alliance with the BJP.
Kumar had blamed the corruption charges against the RJD leaders as his reason to resign. However, as exclusively reported by Janta Ka Reporter, the decision sever ties with the Grand Alliance was taken as far back as in November last year, when he publicly supported the BJP’s demonetisation policy.
His party JDU has 71 seats, while the saffron party and its alliance have 57 seats in Bihar assembly. Together they will cross the magic number of 122.
However, the RJD is hoping that the 5 Muslim MLAs from the JDU and few others who were opposed to communal forces will leave the JDU and help it form a new government in the state. But, this will only happen if Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi accepts their claim to form the government.
Tejashwi is reportedly meeting Tripathi at 11 AM today. He had sought time with the governor on Wednesday night, but the Tripathi suddenly fell ill and had to be rushed to hospital.
Tripathi, a BJP man, is unlikely to entertain any bid that is likely to thwart attempts by the JDU-BJP alliance to form a new government in the state.