A day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ditched the ‘Mahagathbandhan‘ to return to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on January 29 claimed that the JD(U) supremo’s exit will have “absolutely no impact” on the Opposition bloc INDIA.
Interacting with reporters in Kishanganj during the Congress’ ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra‘, Mr. Ramesh mocked Nitish Kumar saying ‘Aaya Kumar, Gaya Kumar‘.
Speaking on Nitish Kumar allying with the BJP-led NDA, he said, “It will not have any impact on INDIA alliance…absolutely no impact. This is typical of Nitish Kumar. It is not ‘Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram’, it is ‘Aaya Kumar, Gaya Kumar‘ “.
The Congress leader also alleged that “Kumar’s betrayal” was “masterminded by the Prime Minister”.
He claimed that the Congress got a tremendous response from the people of Kishanganj after the ‘Bharat Jodo Nayay Yatra‘ reached the district this morning.
Mr. Kumar on January 28 took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for a record ninth time after a dramatic volte-face, ditching the ‘Mahagathbandhan‘ and the Opposition bloc INDIA and forming a new government with the BJP, which he had dumped less than 18 months ago.
Mr. Kumar’s latest crossover, his fifth in a little over a decade, capped days of high political drama and blame game. It is also seen as a big setback for the Opposition unity ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.