New Delhi, Aug 12: BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday invited JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the national level. Amit Shah has also asked Bihar CM to be the co-convener of the ruling-alliance, as per the reports. The development came a day after Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Taking to Twitter, Shah said that he and Nitish Kumar held a meeting, during which Shah invited Nitish to re-enter the BJP’s national coalition, which he exited abruptly in 2013.
Shah had met Nitish Kumar, ministers and MPs from Bihar on Friday to take stock of the political situation in the state. “Met JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar yesterday at his residence. I invited him to include JD(U) in the NDA fold,” Shah said on Twitter.
This was Nitish Kumar’s first visit to New Delhi after he reconfigured his government in the state with Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After the meeting, Kumar said it was a courtesy call, adding that he will visit the national capital again this month to discuss Bihar’s developmental issues with the prime minister, as per the reports.
“When we are together in government in Bihar it is only natural that our party joins the Union government,” a JD(U) leader said. However, he added that this decision will be taken by Nitish Kumar.
Rajya Sabha MP said that he still believes he is a part of the Mahagathbandhan. “I have no idea but Nitish did have something going on in his mind since the beginning of the formation of the Grand Alliance government. The way he supported the NDA government over demonetisation and followed it up with support to the NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind told a lot about what was going on in his mind. I had sensed long back something is cooking between the BJP and Nitish,” Sharad Yadav was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Nitish Kumar said that Sharad Yadav is free to take any decision because the decision to join BJP had the entire party’s nod. “As far as the party is concerned, it has already taken its decision. The decision was not mine alone and it was taken with the consent of the party. If he keeps a different opinion, then he is free to do so,” Kumar said.