Nitish Kumar likely to attend Centre's GST launch; rift with Lalu Prasad set to deepen

Following the recent developments in Bihar and the differences which have emerged in the ruling grand alliance, all eyes are fixated on Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar's next move which is expected to come as early as Friday.

Awinash Kumar June 28, 2017 19:06:43 IST
Nitish Kumar likely to attend Centre's GST launch; rift with Lalu Prasad set to deepen

Following the recent developments in Bihar and the differences which have emerged in the ruling grand alliance, all eyes are fixated on Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar's next move.

Nitish Kumar likely to attend Centres GST launch rift with Lalu Prasad set to deepen

File image of Nitish Kumar. CNN-News18

Earlier, Nitish had a packed schedule on Friday but now some of the programs in his schedule have been shifted ahead. People close to him indicated that he might be taking part in the GST launch function which will be held at Central hall of Parliament and is organised by the Centre.

This move may further weaken his alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as the latter has openly critcised him for supporting National Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

Initially the chief minister was supposed to participate in the foundation laying programs of various schemes in Aurangabad and Jahanabad on 30 June but now his visit has been shifted to Thursday.

As per information which is trickling in, Nitish will hold a conference with district magistrates on Friday morning and leave for Delhi in the evening. He may seek personal appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said.

Apparently Bihar was the first non-BJP ruled state to ratify the GST Bill and Nitish, while delivering a speech in the state Assembly, had termed this tax reform 'historic'.

It was in continuation of his support to BJP-led NDA government. He had previously supported the NDA government over the demonetisation issue, the surgical strike across the LoC, and crackdown on Benami properties. His tacit support to Modi precipitated fissures within the Mahagathbandhan, which surfaced soon after JD(U) decided to support Kovind for president.

The home ministry has invited all chief ministers and members of Parliament for the launch of the GST. Opposition parties have criticised Modi for launching the tax regime in a way which many feel is an attempt to replicate Jawaharlal Nehru's tryst with destiny speech.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) has already announced that it won't take part in the function. The principal Opposition party, Congress, is in dilemma as GST was its own brainchild.

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