JDU says India Bloc offered PM post to Nitish Kumar; opposition responds

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Senior alliance members like Nitish Kumar joined the Prime Minister during the parliamentary party meeting on Friday.

JDU leader claims that India Block has offered the Prime Minister’s post to Nitish Kumar. Despite the offer, JDU pledged allegiance to NDA and rejected India Block. Modi will decide the ministerial roles

Janata Dal (U) leader K. Tyagi has claimed that India Bloc leaders had offered the prime minister’s post to Bihar Chief Minister and his party chief Nitish Kumar.

Despite this alleged offer, Tyagi said that JDU is firm on its commitment to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and will not consider any proposal from Bharat Block. Tyagi said that despite Nitish Kumar not being accepted as the convener of Bharat Block, he was offered the post of Prime Minister after the Lok Sabha results were announced. However, Bharat Block has denied this claim.

Meanwhile, Tyagi made it clear that discussions are going on between Nitish Kumar and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders regarding ministerial berths in the NDA government, but the JD(U) is firm on remaining a part of the NDA for five years. Tyagi said that the JD(U) will not agree to any condition proposed by the India Block, stressing that the decision regarding ministerial berths will be at the discretion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India Block reacts to ‘PM post’ claim

However, Congress leader KC Venugopal said that his party does not have any such information regarding this proposal.

The incident comes a day after the newly elected MPs of the BJP-led NDA elected Modi as their leader, paving the way for him to be sworn in as the country’s prime minister for a record third time. When NDA leaders gathered in Parliament to declare Modi as the alliance’s leader, Bihar CM Nitish extended his support, saying he and his party will always be with the NDA government.

During the parliamentary meeting, Nitish said, “All the pending work of Bihar will be completed. It is a very good thing that we all have come together and we will all work together with you (PM Modi). You will take oath as the Prime Minister on Sunday, but I wanted you to take oath today itself. Whenever you take oath, we will be with you…we will all work together under your leadership.”


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