PK magic gets Nitish Kumar and Amit Shah together a week before the note ban
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been the lone defender of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision in the opposition camp. Once a BJP ally, Nitish Kumar seems to be moving even closer to the Narendra Modi-led party.
BJP president Amit Shah met Nitish Kumar at a farmhouse in Gurgaon on November 1, a week before PM Modi’s announcement to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
The meeting is said to have been orchestrated by current Congress political strategist Prashant Kishor, who led the team that created what was called the Modi wave, said a Navbharat Times report.
Reports have been doing the rounds that the Congress is preparing to sack him following complaints by the party’s Uttar Pradesh leaders and after he arranged the meeting of Kumar and Shah.
The meeting gives further credence to rumours of increasing proximity of Kumar with the BJP. Nitish’s support to Central government has raised doubts about the unity of the grand alliance. Senior leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had said people are wondering whether Nitish Kumar still had a soft corner for the BJP with whom he was earlier in alliance. However, he had expressed confidence in the grand alliance saying it is one and strong.
JD(U), had clearly dismissed rumours about the party moving closer to the BJP by supporting the demonetisation issue, but stated that it is playing the role of a constructive opposition.
It is said that Nitish Kumar’s frequent praise for PM Modi has upset both his allies, the Congress and Lalu Yadav. Sources said that top Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi have conveyed to Kumar that he must employ stronger language to condemn the hardship caused by the notes ban.
Bihar Congress chief and education minister of the state Dr Ashok Choudhary has said that Congress has independent views on matters like demonetisation. He also said that the Grand Alliance can be disrupted anytime if the Congress high-command takes a decision in this regard.