Nitish Kumar: Congress a big party, should set Opposition agenda

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Jahanabad

Three police officials, including two superintendent-rank officers, in Bihar were issued show cause notices on Monday for allegedly fiddling with their mobile phones during Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's address at an event last week.

But, on the other hand, Congress leaders in Bihar are miffed with Nitish's digs at the party, which according to them, are doing more harm than good.

Kumar was interacting with reporters after the Lok Samvad (public interaction) programme.

Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav - both sons of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav - were also present at the meeting.

Blaming the Congress for the multiple narratives followed by Opposition in the Presidential poll, Kumar said that Congress had to step up and provide an alternative agenda for a unified Opposition.

"It is seen that the candidate whose name is in circulation never gets to the post".

Kumar said, "The opposition should have alternative narratives to go to the people against the ruling party on key issues like the problem of farmers".

"We should not oppose everything the NDA government does just to keep opposition unity".

Nitish Kumar said he had said earlier that the Congress was a big party and it had every right to set the agenda and inform all the opposition parties.

Nitish Kumar says opposition is not for the sake of opposition.

Asked about the opposition indulging in "shadow boxing" instead unitedly taking on the BJP, Kumar said in a lighter vein, "There is no shadow boxing. there is only shadow reporting".

When asked about GST and his attendance in the midnight GST session, Nitish said, "We have always supported GST".

He cited the Bihar example to support his assertions.

"Why should we do what Congress wants us to do?" "We will definitely participate in the rally if RJD extends its invitation to our leader Nitish Kumar", Bihar JD (U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh has said.

"Yesterday, there was a meeting of party's state executive, which is generally a closed door one and it is a forum where all the issues are discussed".

To expose the BJP's cow protection slogans, Kumar said Bihar would soon have a shelter in Patna for abandoned cattle.

In a reply to a question, Nitish Kumar said he did not attend the GST unveiling in Parliament because he was not invited. "I am sure a formal one would also come soon". When pointed out that like her, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also been speaking about development based on Mahatma Gandhi's ideologies, Kumar said Gandhiji's ideology was that of "secularism".

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