Nitish Kumar says 'here forever' after meeting PM Modi in Delhi: 'Beech mein do baar...'
Nitish Kumar met PM Narendra Modi in what was their first meeting after the JD (U) chief dumped the opposition INDIA bloc and joined BJP-led NDA last month.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after his recent political shift, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, marking their first encounter. The Janata Dal (United) leader also held discussions with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President J.P. Nadda. The talks reportedly covered various Bihar-related issues, particularly in anticipation of the trust vote scheduled for February 12.
Expressing satisfaction with the meetings, Nitish Kumar stated, "We have been together since 1995 when the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee was there." He affirmed his commitment to the alliance, asserting, "Twice I moved out, but now I am here forever. I will not go anywhere," alluding to his past transitions between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Mahagathbandhan.
Nitish Kumar recently rejoined the NDA ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, severing ties with the grand alliance. Challenges facing the BJP-JD(U) alliance include seat distribution for the Lok Sabha polls and cabinet expansion in Bihar. Currently, the Nitish cabinet, with a sanctioned strength of 37, has only nine members, including the CM.
Regarding the seat-sharing formula, Nitish Kumar downplayed its significance, stating that BJP leaders are already informed, saying, "There is no logic behind discussing this. That will be done. They know everything from the beginning." The focus now remains on resolving political issues and strategizing for the upcoming elections.