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‘NaMo sharnam gachhami’: Lalu on Nitish aligning with the NDA

NEW DELHI: Spurned RJD leader Lalu Prasad on Thursday called nemesis Nitish Kumar a “palturam” and labelled his move to align with the NDA in Bihar a case of ‘NaMo sharnam gachhami’, reported ANI.

By calling Nitish “Palturam”, Lalu was referring to the JD (U) leader’s flip-flops between parties over the years. Nitish was with the NDA until 2013. Then in 2015, he formed the ‘grand alliance’ with the Congress and the RJD. Then last month, he quit the ‘grand alliance’ and went back to the NDA.

As for “NaMo sharnam Gachhami”, it’s a play on a Buddhist saying. Lalu’s implying Nitish has taken “opportunistic refuge with Namo (Narendra Modi)”.

On July 26, Nitish resigned as Bihar chief minister, thus sundering the ‘grand alliance’ of his JD (U), Lalu’s RJD and the Congress. He claimed his conscience didn’t allow him to stay in the alliance after the CBI named his deputy, the RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, in a corruption case.

Lalu and the Congress though called Nitish’s move opportunistic. Tejashwi, Lalu’s younger son, said the erstwhile JD (U) allies were worried because he was performing very well as Bihar deputy chief minister.

Lalu reiterated on Thursday that Nitish using corruption as an excuse to break the ‘grand alliance’ doesn’t wash. He said the BJP hasn’t taken any action against black money, so Nitish supporting it is a case of hypocrisy.

“The situation in the country right now is dangerous. The whole country is in an emergency-like situation and they get raids done on us,” Lalu said on Thursday.

He was referring to income tax raids on a Karnataka Congress minister, a day previously.

 “Why did Modi not initiate similar actions against big industrialists”, Lalu asked, repeating an oft-stated opposition charge that the BJP cosies up with big business.

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