Nitish drops wannabe PM pretensions, Sharad calls alliance split unfortunate

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Meanwhile, following Nitish's shift in alliance, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has castigated both Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar, blaming the latter for disrespecting the people's mandate.

Since Nitish walked out of mahagathbandhan, the Rajya Sabha member has met a number of Opposition leaders, including top leaders from the Congress and the Left, fuelling speculation that he may sever his association with JD (U). What perhaps hurt Yadav the most was that he was kept in the dark about Nitish's decision till the very end.

He claimed the Bihar chief minister did not disclose the criminal case that was pending against him in affidavits since 2004, except for 2012.

Earlier, Kumar was stabbed Monday at Nitish by a series of tweets after the former chief minister and RJD supremo Lalu one.

Interestingly, Nitish had severed his ties with the BJP in 2013, after the party named Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.

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Inside the Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav accused Nitish of using him as a pawn and said that it was all a pre-planned conspiracy.

Prasad said he has offered Yadav to "come out from there (the JD-U) and join hands with secular parties to protect the country from communal forces". "The people of Bihar showed him his worth in 2010 (when RJD's strength was reduced to 22)", he said. It is at this forum where Nitish wants Sharad to speak about his feelings about the recent political upheaval in the state. "You not only lost twice in two assembly elections, but were defeated convincingly in the Lok Sabha election too", the RJD chief said.

While Sharad and some of his senior JD (U) colleagues maintain that they were not aware about Nitish's plans to change sides, the CM stated that he told Sharad about forging alliance with the BJP.

"The victim whom Nitish Kumar had killed is still waiting for justice". He dismissed as hypothetical questions about the JD-U joining the union cabinet. Such reports have appeared in a section of media these are sponsored stories being fed to media by vested interests", said Mr Yadav in New Delhi."I want to keep the family united.

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