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January 21 2018, 12:09 | Irvin Gilbert
JD-U to attend GST launch, RJD to skip
"It has absolutely no impact on our relationship as far the JD-U, Congress and other parties are concerned in Bihar".
"The Opposition must have an agenda and the Congress is a big party".
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar swore by the mahagathbandhan a day after he hit out at ally Congress, but then at a press conference on Monday ended up taking potshots more at his partners than at rival BJP. "There was a strong unity and a clear agenda, which gave us huge electoral success", said Nitish Kumar.
"The Presidential election has been politicised to such an extent that huge issues facing the country, like people being lynched in the name of cow protection and the worsening situation of farmers, are being overlooked", Nitish explained. Union Minister and Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale had yesterday took a jibe at the Congress saying it was using Kumar as a "scapegoat" by fielding her as the opposition candidate in the July 17 presidential election.
Nitish said that the Opposition needs an alternate narrative just reactive narrative won't work.
"This kind of questioning arose actually in the original context of the Presidential election, that now is a chapter which is over", said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Amid continuing differences within Bihar's ruling Grand Alliance, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has made a decision to attend the rollout of GST in Parliament, while Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) - like the Congress - will not.
"We will definitely take part in the event", Tyagi added. When pointed out that liquor, real estate and petroleum had been kept out of the GST ambit, Kumar, who has been keen on implementing total prohibition in the state since April previous year, said such issues would be taken up subsequently by the authorities. "People in Bihar are laughing at us, that despite being the second largest party in Parliament, we are being bullied by the Chief Minister", said a senior leader from the state. Do you want me to get defeated?
The Bihar Chief Minister on Monday declared that he was not in the race to become the Prime Minister in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and that the state's ruling Grand Alliance was very much intact. We were not even aware of their castes.