Bihar's Mahagathbandhan will not last long; Nitish welscome to join NDA: Ram Vilas Paswan

Paswan had on Monday said he will welcome Nitish into the NDA and claimed that the JD(U) chief was apprehensive that his ally Lalu Prasad would weaken his party.

PTI November 29, 2016 18:23:05 IST
Bihar's Mahagathbandhan will not last long; Nitish welscome to join NDA: Ram Vilas Paswan

New Delhi: Claiming that all was not well between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Lalu Prasad, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tueaday said the coalition government in Bihar will not run for long.

Paswan, who thanked Kumar for welcoming the Centre's demonetisation, said that the government in Bihar was "under pressure".

Bihars Mahagathbandhan will not last long Nitish welscome to join NDA Ram Vilas Paswan

File image of Ram Vilas Paswan. PTI

"Any party, be it NDA or UPA, if someone joins, it strengthens the party. Whatever Nitish Kumar wants, it is his prerogative. To take him or not, it is up to the BJP.

"We are allies. I had said Nitish Kumar has welcomed the revolutionary step and I had thanked him. I had also said that he (Kumar) is under pressure in Bihar. And whoever, Lalu Yadav has gone with, has not been spared. That is why, this government (Bihar) will not run for long," Paswan said.

Paswan had on Monday said he will welcome Kumar into the NDA and claimed that the JD(U) chief was apprehensive that his ally Lalu Prasad of the RJD would weaken his party.

The Union minister had also lauded Kumar for his support to the Centre's demonetisation step, saying he had taken a "bold decision".

Paswan's Lok Jantantrik Party is part of the ruling NDA coalition at the Centre. Paswan had claimed that Kumar, whose party JD(U) was a former BJP ally and now a bitter rival, was working "under the pressure of Prasad" who had a "history of weakening his allies".

Earlier, BJP chief Amit Shah had also praised Kumar, setting tongues wagging in the political circles.

Updated Date:

also read

BJP president JP Nadda takes a dig at Congress; says it's now party of 'bhai-behen'
Politics

BJP president JP Nadda takes a dig at Congress; says it's now party of 'bhai-behen'

Addressing a seminar on 'Threat of Dynastic Parties to Democratic Governance', Nadda said dynastic parties, where a person's interest reigns supreme, lack ideology and are a threat to the idea of democracy

Congress accuses Nirmala Sitharaman of 'befooling' people, says people need relief instead of 'jugglery of figures'
Politics

Congress accuses Nirmala Sitharaman of 'befooling' people, says people need relief instead of 'jugglery of figures'

The opposition party demanded that the finance minister show courage and roll back excise on petrol and diesel to the level it was under the UPA in May 2014

Bihar: Nitish Kumar to chair all-party meeting to discuss caste-based census on 1 June 
Politics

Bihar: Nitish Kumar to chair all-party meeting to discuss caste-based census on 1 June 

Caste Census has become a key political issue in Bihar. Most of the parties in Bihar, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) which is in Opposition in the state, have called for Caste Census