BJP Says Lalu Excusing Himself From New CM’s Swearing-In Is Proof Of Discord
Patna : The BJP on Monday claimed that all is not well between JD(U) and the RJD and that is the reason behind new Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar taking ‘so much time’ to face the confidence vote, reports PTI.
Lalu Prasad and his family members excused themselves from Kumar’s swearing-in ceremony on Sunday citing the wedding of his daughter, and this proves there is a discord between the two alliance partners, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said here.
Kumar’s predecessor, Jitan Ram Manjhi, had taken a trust vote three days after taking oath last year and Kumar himself had done so within five days of being sworn-in as chief minister in 2010, Modi said. “But this time, Kumar would have to prove his majority on the floor of Assembly before March 16, more than three weeks later,” he said, adding that if the new CM was confident that his government enjoys majority support, he should have immediately taken the trust vote.
It was surprising that the RJD supremo kept mum on the turn of political events in Bihar since he accompanied Kumar to parade 130 MLAs before the President, Modi said.
Actually, the BJP leader claimed, it was a simmering trust deficit between the two leaders due to which Kumar was reluctant to take the trust vote and expand his ministry. Apart from this, there was no reason why the budget session of the legislature could not be convened soon as the Governor’s address to a joint sitting of the two houses, as well as the budget of the JD(U) government led by Manjhi, was ready, he said.
Modi said as far as he was concerned, JD(U) is continuing in power as the same ministers constituted the governments headed by Kumar and Manjhi over the past 21 months and these ministers held the same portfolios under the two. The former deputy chief minister also criticised his erstwhile boss for apologising for resigning as Chief Minister after JD(U)’s drubbing in general elections last year. Kumar should reply to a question whether the people are happy with him for joining hands with the RJD and the Congress to run a minority JD(U) government, Modi said.
On the chief minister conceding that governance had suffered in Bihar over the past nine months since he demitted office, Modi said Kumar should be ready to take responsibility for deterioration in law and order and development coming to a halt as he committed a mistake by severing ties with the NDA.