Nitish Kumar chuckles over demand for ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Sonia Gandhi


    Nitish Kumar chuckles over demand for ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Sonia Gandhi

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (File)

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday chuckled over the need for conferring Bharat Ratna, the greatest civilian honour in the nation, on Congress president Sonia Gandhi

    Kumar remarked that the Congress could have done the needful while the UPA, led by it, ruled the nation for 2 successive terms.

    ” All have the right to raise any kind of demand,” he stated with a hardly reduced laugh when asked about the recommendation made by former union minister and ex-chief minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat that Gandhi, besides BSP supremo Mayawati, be thought about for the civilian honour.

    Rawat stated in assistance of his demand that while the Congress president has taken the honour of Indian womanhood to new heights, the BSP chief had motivated millions of oppressed.

    ” I question why they did not do the needful when they were in power. No need for raising such a need would have stayed in that case,” Kumar quipped.

    The Bihar Chief Minister was speaking to reporters outside the authorities headquarters which he had visited to analyze the order circumstance in the state.

    Kumar, who is the JD( U) s de facto leader, however, chose to remain non-committal over speculations of a split in the Congress with a lot of its MLAs poised to cross over to his celebration.

    ” Nobody (from the Congress) has spoken with me (expressing such an objective). These things do keep happening in political celebrations, though,” said Kumar, who relinquished the post of JD( U) nationwide president less than a fortnight ago.

    Speculations of a split in the Congress have heightened with the claim made by a previous MLA that 11 of the celebrations 19 lawmakers in the existing assembly were all set to alter loyalties.

    Bharat Singh, a former Congress MLA who is seen as a rainy petrel in the political circles here, made the claim, declaring that many veterans, including key office-bearers, were also preparing to take flight searching for greener pastures.

    The Congress has actually accepted plea of senior party leader Shaktisinh Gohil and relieved him from his tasks as the AICC’s Bihar in-charge and selected Bhakta Charan Das in his location.

    ” We have a precedent in Ashok Choudhary,” Singh stated referring to the previous BPCC chief who joined the JD( U) three years ago triggering a split in the legislative council and is presently a prominent member of the state cabinet and working president of the JD( U) s Bihar system.

    Senior Congress leader and former state minister Chandan Bagchi stated he was “not sure with what authority and on feedback of which sources he (Bharat Singh) is making the claims”.

    He, nevertheless, concurred with the unhappy previous MLA’s contention that the party suffered in Bihar on account of its alliance with the RJD and circulation of tickets in the current assembly elections raised many concerns.

    ” Candidates were chosen by a select group of individuals being in Delhi. The meeting of the state election committee, which utilized to ponder on names of potential candidates for hours, was never convened.

    ” The high command must ask as to how such an anomaly took place,” Bagchi said.

    ” It is not a surprise that we performed dismally in the elections though we are not a spent force in Bihar, contrary to common belief,” stated the Congress leader, whose celebration had contested 70 seats of the 243- strong assembly.

    He also said, “We have actually lost any place we have actually chosen alliances as an easy path. This has actually been the story in Bihar too.”

    ( the heading, this story has actually not been released by Essential India News staff and is published from a syndicated feed.).


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