Amit Shah officially invites Nitish Kumar to join NDA

Nitish Kumar

Confirming about the formal invite, Shah on Saturday tweeted, "I met JD (U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday".

"Kumar will take a call on joining the country's ruling alliance this month itself", a senior party leader said.

While R C P Singh is the new leader of the JD (U) in place of dissident Sharad Yadav and two terms Rajya Sabha MP, Ram Nath Thakur is a former Bihar minister and also the son of former state chief minister Karpoori Thakur. A key leader behind the idea of the gathering said hopes were high that RJD, Trinamool Congress, DMK and National Conference among others would nominate members to attend the meeting.

Sources said R.C.P. Singh is likely to be inducted in the Union Council of Ministers from the JDU quota in the changed political equations when the JDU becomes part of the NDA.

Recently Sharad has been openly showing his disappointment with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by criticising his decision of forming the new government in alliance with BJP. He made it clear that the JD (U) has already chose to align with the BJP.

Sources told The Hindu that he would be removed from his position as the leader of the JD (U) parliamentary party group.


He refused to comment on the JD-U decision to replace him as the parliamentary party leader. BJP president Amit Shah had extended the invite to Nitish during their meeting in Delhi on Friday.

He said Mr Yadav had already chosen a path which "leads to the RJD".

He added that this was not personal fight against Nitish Kumar but a fight of principles and to save democracy and brotherhood.

Tyagi said Sharad Yadav won from Madhepura with the BJP's support in 1999. We are not going to get cowed down by such threats.

The JD (U) is expected to endorse a proposal to join the NDA in its national executive meeting in Patna on August 19. We will go to the people.

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