RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav today mocked Nitish Kumar over his latest flip-flop as the Bihar Chief Minister listened patiently a debate before seeking a trust vote in the assembly.
Nitish Kumar ended his alliance with the Lalu Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) this January, but returned to the top post with the BJP’s support.
“We will always respect Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. When you came out of Raj Bhavan after resigning, you said ‘mann nhi lag raha tha, hum log nachne gaane ke liye thode hai (you said you weren’t enjoying it, are we there to entertain you)? We were there to support you,” said Tejashwi Yadav, the former Deputy Chief Minister.
He also said he isn’t aware of the reasons that forced Mr Kumar to ditch Mahagathbandhan, which comprised the JDU, RJD, and Congress.
Mr Kumar has switched alliances five times since 2013, remaining the Chief Minister throughout. “Will Modi ji take guarantee that Nitish Kumar won’t switch again,” Mr Tejashwi wondered, pointing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “guarantee” assurances.
“The assembly wants to know why you had to take oath nine times,” he said.
“Jan samay ayega, tab Tejashwi ayega (when time comes, Tejashwi will be here),” declared the 34-year-old scion of the Yadav family, adding, “We don’t want tired people, but we know the compulsions.”
The volte-face of Mr Kumar, who was also seen as the architect of the INDIA alliance, also dealt a blow to the opposition alliance ahead of the national elections.