Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tore into RJD boss Lalu Prasad, insisting continuing in the Grand Alliance would have amounted to “compromising with corruption”.
Having embraced the BJP after a four-year hiatus, Nitish claimed there would be “no challenge” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections.
He also said the proposal for a reunion had come from the “highest level” in the BJP which he accepted as “going got impossible” in the Grand Alliance due to accusations of corruption against his then deputy Tejashwi Yadav.
“There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead, they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or the police,” he told a press conference.
“Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent after having talked about zero tolerance to corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,” Nitish said.
Nitish, till recently seen as a potential challenger to Modi, said, “Nobody else (other than Modi) can occupy the PM’s post. Now nobody has the strength to beat Modi.”
Asked about his future role in national politics, Nitish, also the JD(U) chief, said, “Ours is a small party which does not harbour big national aspirations.”