Patna : Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and its friend-turned-foe-turned-ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have hit some political roadblocks.
The JD-U is upset after the BJP’s senior leader and former Union minister C.P. Thakur publicly questioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s much-hyped launch of a campaign against child marriage and dowry.
And senior BJP legislator Nawal Kishore Yadav added fuel to the fire by saying that if the JD-U was with the BJP and National Democratic Alliance (NDA), then it should have no problems with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
The JD-U has been trying hard to maintain a distance from Bhagwat. The JD-U has not been mum either. “We don’t know who is speaking what but no one can raise a finger or question the decisions of Nitish Kumar,” JD-U state President Vashisht Narain Singh said.
Thakur on Tuesday said there was no problem with the campaign against child marriage and dowry, but new provisions to enforce it were not right.
“Innocent people would be framed under the provisions of the anti-dowry Act. It can also be misused as it is mandatory for every bridegroom to submit the list of dowry items before officials in the district,” he said.
Nawal Kishore Yadav said the JD-U and Nitish Kumar should not distance themselves from the RSS and Mohan Bhagwat in public.
But Nitish Kumar did just that. On Wednesday, he avoided Bhagwat by attending a separate session of the celebrations to mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of Swami Ramanujacharya in Ara.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad said Nitish Kumar had spoken of a “Sangh-mukt Bharat” (RSS-free India) during the 2015 election when the two parties defeated the BJP and took power.
He took a dig at his former ally when he tweeted: “Muh mein Ram, Dimag mein Nathuram. Tabhi tho bana Palturam” (Ram on his lips and Nathuram in his head, that’s why Nitish became a turncoat).
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