"Refuting the reports on a rift in the alliance, Nitish said that Party issues are discussed in the meeting I had said it in a context and there should be no interpretation outside.", he said. Mr. Kumar was emphatic that his party had been following the coalition dharma and would always follow it. I have said earlier also, I am not the face for opposition for 2019 polls, neither can I be.
Instead of picking on themes like rural distress and its impact on farmers, the opposition, Nitish Kumar said, was being reactive-allowing the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to keep the initiative.
Nitish Kumar also criticised without naming anyone that the issue of farmers was pushed to the back burners due to Presidential elections. But a Congress leader made an adverse comment.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today said that the "Congress is a big party and it should set the agenda", refusing to retract his earlier remarks criticising the party as the weakest link in the Opposition.
Party sources said Ms. Banerjee, Ms. Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav have already sent their consent to attend the rally. "People in Bihar are laughing at us, that despite being the second largest party in Parliament, we are being bullied by the Chief Minister", said a senior leader from the state.
"If I had got the invitation from the central government, I would have attended the GST meeting in Delhi".
He said all was well in the "Mahagathbandhan" - Bihar's Grand Alliance of the Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal, and the Congress led by him. He stressed, 'I do not want to be Prime Minister'. Previously, on Saturday, the ties between the two allies hit a new low after JD (U) general secretary Shyam Rajak said the party would not take part in the RJD rally. They believe it will help the Congress's revival in the state, or else, "we won't be able to win even seven seats in the next Assembly elections".