Demonetisation Politics: Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) to join NDA?

There are indications that the Bihar CM is likely to sever his alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and join the BJP-led NDA government.

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New Delhi, Nov 29: Things are fast changing in Indian politics.

In the wake of demonetisation, political alliances are likely to undergo a few changes in the coming days.

Nitish Kumar

The first visible sign of a shift in partnership is between Bihar's Janata Dal (United) and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre.

To everyone's surprise, Nitish Kumar, JD (U) supremo and Bihar Chief Minister, openly supported the demonetisation of high-value currency notes, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.

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Now, there are indications that the Bihar CM is likely to sever his alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and join the BJP-led NDA government.

In Bihar, Kumar has forged an alliance with the RJD before the assembly elections in 2015. Prior to that, JD (U) was part of the NDA coalition.

 "We welcome Nitish ji's stand on demonetisation, also if he wants to join the NDA again then the BJP has to decide on that," said Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution and president of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

The LJP is an alliance member in the NDA government.

These kinds of statements by a senior member of the NDA coalition can't be ignored so easily.

At a time when the Opposition is trying its best to protest over the demonetisation issue, Kumar has "strategically" decided to support PM Modi's economic decision.

The JD (U) on Monday did not join the Jan Aakrosh Diwas, hosted by several opposition parties across the country.

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