NDA lacks vision and not aware anything about alliance : Nitish

Patna, Aug 17 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar alleged that the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) lacks vision and does not know anything about the alliance.

Talking to the media persons after arriving at Jaiprakash Narayan International Airport here on Thursdaym Kumar, without taking the name of any leader said that they never ran NDA and were devoid of any vision.

They never conduct any meeting of NDA, he said, adding that scared of the outcomes of the opposition’s meet, they began to hold meetings.

Remembering his association with former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Kumar said that he paid tributes to the leader during his Delhi visit.

Referring to his long association with Mr Vajpayee, the Chief Minister said that he had indicated that Atal Bihari Vajpayee would become the PM of the country. “I was also with him and cannot forget my relationship with him”, said Kumar adding that the name NDA was decided during the regime of Mr Vajpayee in 1999.

He said during the period regular meetings of the NDA were held but in later period NDA did not conduct any meeting with the alliance partners.

Nitish further said that after formation of I.N.D.I.A. in Patna and scared of its success, the NDA now too have started conducting their meeting.

When asked about the statement from NDA camp for not taking I.N.D.I.A. seriously as it cannot emerge as a challenge for the NDA, Kumar ridiculously replied that NDA was scared to such an extent that it also started to conduct its meetings after the formation of I.N.D.I.A.

Replying to a query, the CM said that the contest in 2024 will be in favour of I.N.D.I.A. which will fight strongly.

When asked about close proximity of NCP leader Sharad Pawar and his nephew and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, Nitish said that Sharad Pawar is with I.N.D.I.A. and has telephonically informed to attend the meet of I.N.D.I.A. slated in this month.

Kumar settled down the speculations regarding his meeting with leaders of the opposition camp during his Delhi visit and said that he had gone for an eye checkup following prior appointment with doctor. “I had no agenda to talk to anyone in Delhi”, he maintained.

Replying to a query, he said that he was regularly talking to Congress President Mallikarjun Khadge over telephone.

Retorting sharply over recent statement of BJP MP and former Bihar unit president of the party Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal regarding the rising crime graph, Nitish refuted of any increase in crime.

Referring to the related data, Kumar said in fact the crime has declined and suggested the opposition to check the data when published.

He reiterated that the media was under pressure and will not be able to publish the factual things.

Reacting over the statement of BJP state president Samrat Chaudhary who alleged that Nitish Kumar was frustrated as no leader from I.N.D.I.A. camp met him during his Delhi visit, the CM said he had gone to Delhi only for his check up and had no other agenda.

Commenting upon the statement of the poll strategist Prashant Kumar popularly known as PK who claimed that the JDU will not be able to bag even five seats, Kumar said he does not care who says what.

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