Nitish Kumar wants JD(U) to be pan-India outfit, denies of returning to NDA

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wants his party Janata Dal (United) to be a national outfit and denies any possibility of him returning to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

Nitish Kumar wants JD(U) to be pan-India outfit, denies of returning to NDA

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wants his party Janata Dal (United) to be a national outfit and denies any possibility of him returning to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

Nitish Kumar, Speaking at the 14th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, ruled out the possibility of returning to the National Democratic Alliance, stressing that his support for the Centre’s demonetisation exercise did not have any political implication.



“My ambition is to resurrect JD(U), my party, as a national party. It is the flag-bearer of the Janata Dal legacy,” Nitish said.

Kumar’s JD(U) was in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for nearly a decade, and the ties fell apart before the 2014 general elections.

Kumar refuted rumours of his meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah, reportedly a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden announcement to demonetise high-value notes on November 8.


Nitish Kumar has been strongly supporting PM Modi’s move to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes which has led to speculation of his increasing closeness with the BJP. Kumar reiterated that he would back any attack on corruption keeping politics aside.

He termed corruption and black money as a "big sin and festering wound" which must be eradicated. "Severe steps will have to be taken. That is why we offered our support to this (demonetization). It is a positive beginning. Whenever there is an attack on corruption, I will support it," he said.


He said no serious attempt is currently being made to bring together non-BJP parties. A grand alliance of the opposition parties at the national level is certain to win the elections but no such scene was in sight, he said. Kumar also said the idea of a grand alliance did not exist outside Bihar.

“What is a grand alliance? For 20 years, we were rivals, but then joined hands to defeat someone. Only if Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (rivals in Uttar Pradesh politics) come together…it can be a grand alliance.” He added.