Speaking about the "Grand Alliance" in Bihar, Nitish said the JD (U) was committed to the alliance "till the last moments". He also suggested issuing warnings to all boatmen to stay away from rising rivers and avoid being caught in strong current that kills hundreds of people each year in the state.
The Janata Dal (United) on Sunday did a U-turn over attending RJD's 'BJP hatao, desh bachao' rally and said it would attend the rally if invited. Earlier, JD (U) leaders Shyam Rajak and RCP appeared to indicate Kumar might not attend the Lalu show.
Lalu Yadav termed Nitish's decision of backing Kovind, a "historic" blunder and the Congress held that the chief minister of Bihar is plotting to defeat Meira Kumar, the opposition candidate for the office of the President. Insiders said the chief minister urged party leaders to focus on the membership drive in areas where JD (U) was weak. RJD chief Lalu Prasad has so far maintained a good relation with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
Now the mahagathbandhan leaders have instructed their party functionaries to maintain restraint.
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Also, on Friday night, Nitish sent his minister to attend the midnight rollout rollout of GST.
However, Nitish's alliance partner Rashtirya Janata Dal (RJD) has made a decision to boycott the function along with the principal Opposition party Congress. "Bihar is a consumer state and Nitish- government knew that its tax- revenue would increase considerably with uniform tax regime as stipulated by the GST". Ram Nath Kovind is the BJP's nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections and is supported by other National Democratic Alliance (NDA) parties.
JD (U)'s participation can be seen as a continuation of his support to BJP-led NDA government. "But he had to quit midway as chairman of the panel after he resigned as Bihar's finance minister when the JD (U) and the BJP parted ways in June 2013", the aide added.