BJP MLC questions Nitish’s CM candidature, JDU hits back


The political differences between the JDU and the BJP in Bihar once again came to the fore on Wednesday after a BJP MLC put a question mark over Nitish Kumar for holding the post of Chief Minister.

In a public statement, BJP MLC Tunna Ji Pandey said that Nitish Kumar is a ‘circumstantial’ Chief Minister, as the people of Bihar had elected Tejashwi Yadav as the CM of Bihar.

“He (Nitish Kumar) became the Chief Minister of Bihar using government machinery,” Pandey alleged.

Following his statement, Upendra Kushwaha, the president of JDU’s parliamentary board, hit back at the BJP.

“Had any JDU leader made such a statement against the top leadership of the BJP, either in the state or at the Centre, they (BJP) would have made an issue out of it,” Kushwaha said.

Kushwaha also hinted that such statements are being made by the saffron party leaders on the direction of the top BJP leadership sitting in Delhi.

Kushwaha’s remarks also came after BJP state president Sanjay Jaiswal raised questions over Nitish Kuma’s night curfew decision.

Sources said that Nitish Kumar generally takes important decisions all by himself after formally informing two Deputy CMs and the concerned ministers of the BJP. However, the decisions of the BJP, in the context of Bihar, are generally taken by its central leadership, sources said.