Dissident MP Shivanand Tiwari has questioned Nitish Kumar’s commitment to fight the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
In a media statement issued on Thursday, Shivanand recalled the episode of 2010 when Nitish had withdrawn his invitation to the BJP leaders for dinner at 1 Aney Marg because of the presence of Modi. “There could have been no greater insult to the BJP leaders than that move and had Nitish broken off the relationship with the NDA then and fought the Assembly polls alone, he would have emerged victorious on his own strength. I had advised him to snap the ties. But because Nitish wanted more political advantage, he did not have the courage to snap ties then,” Shivanand said.
The rebel JD(U) leader recalled that even after 2010, he had not diluted his anti-Modi campaign and continued to make statements against him. “However, I was dropped from the post of party’s general secretary and national spokesperson at the behest of Nitish. My voice against Modi was weakened,” Shivanand said.
He also recalled the meeting of the so called “core committee” of the JD(U) at 1 Aney Marg just before snapping ties with the NDA. “At the meeting, Nitish blamed me and agriculture minister Narendra Singh for building us a situation because of which the alliance was breaking,” Shivanand claimed.
Shivanand said he had failed to understand what he had done to earn the wrath of Nitish and be removed from party posts. “After that meeting at 1 Aney Marg, Nitish never talked to me again,” he said, adding that Nitish always blamed “fate” to have charges hurled at him.
“The same fate has made him a big leader and the chief minister of a state. I do not know why Nitish always blames his fate,” Shivanand said sarcastically expressing doubts about Nitish’s commitment to fight Modi.