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Is Nitish Kumar's JDU heading for a split?

04 Jul 2023, 02:00 pm

Days after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) turmoil came out in the open, BJP's Sushil Modi said that a similar situation is brewing in Bihar and several Janata Dal United (JDU) MPs and MLAs are in contact with the BJP.

Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi told news agency ANI that many MPs fear that they will lose their tickets since Nitish Kumar joined hands with Rahul Gandhi and announced Tejashwi Yadav as his "successor".

"Ever since Nitish Kumar accepted Rahul Gandhi as the leader for the next fight in a way and made Tejashwi Yadav his successor, since then there is a situation of rebellion in JDU. Tejashwi Yadav is not ready and therefore a large number of MPs know that their ticket is going to be cut," he said.

"Last year JDU got 17 seats, will JDU get 17 seats this time? In today's situation, there is no scope for JDU to get more than 8-10 seats. So the MPs also think what will be their future after Nitish Kumar. There is no future. Everyone is seeing their future in darkness. So there is a situation of panic. MPs and MLAs are contacting other parties. There is a stampede-like situation," Sushil Modi said.

Sushil Modi hinted that a number of JDU MPs and MLAs are in touch with BJP. "A large number of MP and MLAs are in contact with us. Whom will we take or not depends on many things but overall there is an atmosphere of instability. There is sadness inside JDU."

"A situation of rebellion is also being created in Bihar because Nitish Kumar has never given even one minute to meet his MLAs and MPs in the last 17 years. They had to wait. Now each of them is being given half an hour time."

Sushil Modi claimed that Amit Shah firmly stated he would not accept Nitish Kumar, even if Kumar humbled himself before the BJP. “We have carried Nitish Kumar for 17 years. Now BJP will neither accept nor carry him in the future."

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