“Nitish Kumar is known for his political somersaults at regular intervals. It is unfortunate that he has decided to quit the opposition grouping INDIA and is likely to join the NDA. The people will give a befitting reply to such political opportunism,” Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy said.
This marks the second instance of Kumar’s volte face in less than 18 months, following his departure from the BJP and subsequent alliance with the RJD-Congress combine. Earlier in 2013, Kumar severed ties with the BJP-led NDA and had been part of the JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance in the 2015 Bihar assembly polls, which it won.
Asked about the impact of JD(U)’s exit from the bloc, Roy said it does not come as a jolt for the alliance.
“It is not good politically if an ally leaves you. But, such things do happen in politics, people come and go. So, it is not a jolt,” he said.
Another TMC leader, speaking on the condition of anonymity, expressed concerns over Kumar’s political reliability.
“TMC was always apprehensive of his credibility because of his history of somersaults. But, the Congress considered Kumar to be a very credible partner,” the leader remarked.
Echoing a similar sentiment, TMC minister Firhad Hakim exuded confidence in the opposition blocs’ ability to defeat the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“People are watching everything. If you try to disregard the people’s mandate because of your own political opportunism, you will get a befitting reply in a democracy. Mamata Banerjee is one of the architects of the opposition alliance, and it will defeat the BJP in the Parliamentary elections,” Hakim asserted.
Banerjee, the TMC supremo and chief minister of West Bengal, had recently announced that her party will go solo in Bengal, amid an impasse over seat-sharing with the Congress.
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