19 September, Patna
Within two months of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar deserting Grand Alliance to join hands with BJP to form a new government in the state, another crisis looms large in alliance as a senior Congress MLC Ramchandra Bharti Tuesday threatened that no one could prevent split in party if decision to sever ties with RJD was not taken immediately by the Central leadership.
The grand alliance comprising JD(U), RJD and Congress led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was voted to power in November 2015 Assembly elections but collapsed after nearly 20 months on July 26 with resignation of Kumar who walked away from alliance and joined hands with BJP to form NDA government in the state.
Kumar had said he was feeling uncomfortable to lead the grand alliance government as the then deputy chief minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav had refused to give fact based explanations on charges levelled against him by CBI in connection with irregularities committed in leasing out Railway Hotels to private parties in 2005 when his father and RJD chief Lalu Parasad was Railway Minister.
The Congress had tried its best to ensure that grand alliance government could complete its full term and its senior leaders called on RJD chief Prasad and Chief Minister Kumar, also JD(U) president, but their efforts went in vain.
Some Congress MLAs and MLCs are of the opinion that Chief Minister Kumar had snapped ties with grand alliance, declaring that he would not compromise with his zero tolerance policy against corruption, which could create troubles for party if it continued alliance with RJD.