Patna: Union minister Upendra Kushwaha indicated that Nitish Kumar had told him that he did not want to continue as the chief minister of Bihar after the 2020 Assembly polls in the state. Kushwaha, the chief of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, claimed that Kumar said he has reached “a saturation point in power” and wants to step down.
Kumar has been the chief minister of Bihar since 2005. Kushwaha, however, stressed that his statement should not be interpreted as demanding the chief minister’s resignation.
“I am neither doing any politics nor I am making any satirical comment on the CM, but he (Nitish Kumar) has himself expressed his desire not to continue beyond 2020. I have ruled for 15 years. How long will I be the CM,” Kushwaha quoted Kumar as saying at a party event in Patna to mark Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary.
However, Janata Dal (United) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar brushed aside Kushwaha’s statement, saying Kumar was chief minister “by virtue of people’s mandate and the legislators’ choice”, the Hindustan Times reported.
Kushwaha asked why his party was not inducted in the cabinet when the Janata Dal (United) joined hands with the National Democratic Alliance in July 2017. The Union minister is reportedly upset with the coalition for not assuring his party a respectable seat-sharing deal for the 2019 elections.
On October 26, BJP President Amit Shah had announced equal seat sharing with the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar during the 2019 General Elections. Shah said the alliance’s other members will get a “respectable seat share” and that the exact break-up will be announced soon. Kushwaha said the seat-sharing arrangement has not been finalised yet.