Upset with Laloo, Nitish Kumar looks to patch up with BJP
One got to see the ice melt when Nitish Kumar praised the decision on demonetisation. In fact Nitish was the only leader in the opposition to repeatedly praise the decision while the rest criticised it. He had said that the opposition including the Congress should not have criticised the decision especially when the common man was supportive of the decision.
The reason for a change in heart is because Nitish is unhappy with the RJD's Laloo Prasad Yadav who is part of his government in Bihar. Nitish feels that if the alliance with the RLD continues, his image would take a beating. The two had come together and formed a grand alliance in Bihar.
BJP sources confirmed that there is backroom talk with the JD(U) which has expressed interest to come back to the NDA. If the talks work out, then it would be a shot in the arm for the NDA too. The NDA which falls shot in numbers in the Rajya Sabha would have nine additional MPs.
There are 16 Rajya Sabha MPs from Bihar. Out of this nine are from the JD(U) while 5 are from BJP. The remaining two are from the Rashtriya Lok Dal. BJP sources also say that so far the talks seem to be on the right track. Both parties are hopeful that they would be fruitful, the leader also said.