With little over six months to go before the Assembly elections in Bihar, Lalu Prasad-led RJD is unlikely to join Nitish-led Janata Parivar government in the state, top sources from Bihar Janata Parivar confided on Tuesday.
Sources, in this context, also claimed that even the Congress may opt out of joining Nitish Cabinet if the RJD keeps away from the government.
This holds significance in wake of the fact that Nitish, who was sworn-in as Bihar chief minister last Sunday (February 22), got 22 ministers into his Council of Ministers. There were still 13 ministerial positions left vacant which is being speculated to be left for RJD and Congress, both of which have extended support to Nitish government. Nitish is slated to seek confidence vote on March 11 in the state Assembly.
Sources claimed that RJD’s decision stems from the small tenure left for the current government and the Lalu Prasad-led party does not want to create friction within his small flock of 24 MLAs as only few could be accommodated in the government. Congress, on the other hand, sources revealed was unlikely to join the government if RJD opts out.
JD-U leadership, however, said that it was keen to get RJD become part of Nitish’s government.
“JD-U and RJD are into an alliance which is inching towards merger. After the successful experiment thwarting BJP’s attempt destabilise JD-U government, we are keen to get RJD become part of the government,” Bashishtha Narain Singh, state JD-U chief, told India Today.
Singh expressed hope that Nitish will be able to bring the state back on track after last over six months of arbitrary governance of Jitan Ram Manjhi.
“The way state appeared to be drifting back in last six months will be halted and good governance will be provided by Nitish Kumar in next six months. Nitish is a tested figure of governance in the state,” Singh claimed suggesting that Nitish’s first priority will be to get the state back on track.