Nitish Kumar skips swearing-in of President Droupadi Murmu, resulting in speculations about bitter relation between BJP and JD(U) | Patna Information – Instances of India

PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar didn’t attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Droupadi Murmu within the nationwide capital on Monday. It was the second invite by BJP’s prime brass within the final 4 days that Nitish most well-liked to keep away from, resulting in speculations that’s not all nicely between the JD(U) and the BJP, the 2 main allies of NDA in Bihar?
Nitish additionally skipped a farewell dinner for outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind, hosted by PM Narendra Modi, on July 22 in Delhi, on the plea that he needed to take part within the oath-taking perform of seven newly elected members of the Bihar Legislative Council within the state capital right here. Nitish attended the legislative council perform on that day.
JD(U)’s senior chief and social gathering’s parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha on Monday sought to minimize Nitish’s absence at Murmu’s swearing-in ceremony.
“It’s not crucial that everybody takes half in each programme. Now, the presidential election is over and the oath-taking (by Murmu) is only a formality. If the CM or anybody is just not going, it’s not such a giant matter that ought to be given a lot significance (in media). CM had quite a lot of work so possibly that’s why he didn’t go,” Kushwaha mentioned in Patna on Monday.
Whereas the origin of the rising rift between the 2 allies might be traced to a number of previous occasions when the BJP and JD(U) weren’t seen on the identical web page, the most recent flashpoint appears to be the variations over the Bihar Police’s alleged mis-handing of the violent protests over the Agnipath scheme when the BJP state president and Paschim Champaran MP Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal categorically mentioned that he was not happy with Nitish Kumar’s efficiency as CM.
Jaiswal mentioned Nitish’s much-hyped governance mannequin wasn’t in proof as violent anti-Agnipath protests raged in Bihar.
In a pointy retort the following day, JD(U) spokesperson and MLC Neeraj Kumar puzzled why the Yogi Adiyanath-led BJP authorities in UP did not run bulldozers over youth protesting in opposition to the Agnipath recruitment scheme after they set a police station in Aligarh ablaze. “Has the engine of the bulldozer failed?” he mentioned. “In the event that they (BJP) are questioning police inaction in Bihar through the current assault on the homes of some BJP leaders, why are they silent on related incidents in BJP-governed states like UP, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana?”.