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RJD to boycott swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
Last updated on: November 16, 2020 14:44 IST
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The Grand Alliance on Monday decided to boycott the oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar, claiming the mandate in the elections was "against the National Democratic Alliance" which has been changed by a "fraud".

Rashtriya Janata Dal, which is spearheading the five-party Mahagathbandhan, and its allies -- Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist–Leninist, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India-Marxist -- have decided to remain away from the swearing-in function of Kumar.

Kumar is scheduled to take oath as chief minister for the seventh time in Raj Bhavan on Monday evening.

"The RJD boycotts oath-taking ceremony of this puppet government. The mandate is for a change, and against the (ruling) NDA. The peoples verdict has been changed by the rulers order," the RJD alleged in a tweet.

 

"Ask the unemployed, the farmer, the contract worker and teacher as to what they are going through. People are angry with NDAs fraud. We are public representatives and we stand with people," it said.

The RJD, which emerged as the single largest party in Bihar with 75 seats, also claimed the state is getting a "helpless government by the two helpless parties".

Attacking Kumar, it said Bihar will have a "chief minister who has been proven weak, idle and corrupt. And a senior partner (BJP) who has no (chief ministerial) face and is forced to resort to dubious means (for earning majority)".

"Their helplessness are 1. Peoples support for the RJD 2. Tejashwi Yadav being elected as Bihar's most popular leader," it said in the tweet.

The party also took a dig at Kumar's reported remark at Sunday's NDA meeting that he did not want to become CM but was insisted by the BJP to continue in the post.

"I did not want to become chief minister because my party came third and also I was tired. But, several BJP leaders grabbed my feet, started crying and pleading before me. I, being a soft-hearted, power-hungry mendicant, was moved. How could I annoy them," the RJD said in a tweet laced with sarcasm.

Congress, which has won 19 seats under the banner of grand alliance, said it will keep away from the oath-ceremony.

Bihar Congress president Madan Mohan Jha said they were with the RJD on the issue and will not be part of the swearing-in function.

Jha said so far he hasn't received any invitation for the oath-ceremony and even if it comes "neither me nor anybody else from the party will participate in the oath function at Raj Bhavan".

AICC media panel member and MLC Prem Chandra Mishra said this government was being formed "against the wish of the people so we don't want to be part of it."

CPI-ML, which has bagged 12 seats as a member of the opposition alliance, has also decided to remain away from the oath-ceremony.

"We have been fighting against them (the NDA) so how come we can be part of their crowning," CPI-ML state secretary Kunal said.

In the election results for 243 assembly seats announced on November 10, the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan lost to the four parties of the NDA.

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