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‘I will not return to them as long as I am alive,’ Nitish says of the BJP’s alleged involvement in Lalu’s case

On Friday, Nitish Kumar declared that he would not realign with the BJP as long as he is alive, accusing the former ally of using investigative agencies to target political opponents such as RJD leader Lalu Prasad.

During the inauguration of a government engineering college in this district of north Bihar, Kumar charged the current BJP leadership with arrogance and wistfully recalled the era of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, and Murli Manohar Joshi.

“They filed a case against Lalu Ji, which led me to sever ties with him. There was no outcome. Now that we have reunited, they are bringing fresh charges against us. Kumar addressed the gathering without mentioning the BJP by name, saying, “You can figure out the way they function.”

His son Tejashwi Yadav, then serving his first term as Deputy CM, was also named an accused in an IRCTC land for hotels scam a few years ago. As a result, Kumar, who has built a reputation for personal integrity, returned to the NDA.

In another country, Prasad and members of his family were charged with a jobs scam involving his tenure as railway minister during the UPA-1 administration.

In the past, leaders of the same party were very different. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in whose cabinet I worked, and LK Advani, then the Deputy Prime Minister, were so different. Murli Manohar Joshi also honored my request to upgrade my alma mater, Bihar Engineering College, as a National Institute of Technology, and I have fond memories of him as well,” Kumar shared.

Contrary to this, those currently in charge of affairs listen to no one and have little regard for the concerns of any person. It is my firm belief that I will not return to them for the rest of my life,” declared the JD(U) leader who dumped the BJP two months ago after accusations of attempt to split his party.

Assuming that all members of the multi-party Mahagatbandhan, including the RJD, Congress and three Left parties, are socialists by conviction, Kumar declared, “We are all socialists by conviction.” It is our commitment to remain united and work for the advancement of the nation.

In spite of breaking ties with the BJP, the longest-serving chief minister of Bihar has become an enthusiastic advocate of “opposition unity” and claims that it will result in the defeat of the BJP, which at present appears to be a formidable force.

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