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Asked about the opposition indulging in "shadow boxing" instead unitedly taking on the BJP, Kumar said in a lighter vein, "There is no shadow boxing. there is only shadow reporting".

"Refuting the reports on a rift in the alliance, Nitish said that Party issues are discussed in the meeting I had said it in a context and there should be no interpretation outside.", he said.

"The JD (U) is not "pichhlaggoo" (follower) of any party".

Fear of a split within the grand secular alliance grew on Sunday after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar gave clear signs of differences with his coalition partner Congress and RJD.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking to media during Lok Samvad programme at 1 Anne Marg, in Patna on Monday.

Nitish's statements intensify the cracks within the Opposition following two recent events: the presidential election, in which Nitish broke ranks with the Opposition in declaring his support for Ram Nath Kovind, and Parliament's midnight session over GST which the Congress and a few other Opposition parties boycotted.

Politics over Presidential election 2017 started after Kumar extended his support to the NDA candidate Kovind last month. Not only this, all states of the country participated in the negotiations on GST rates and even Congress-led UPA had nurtured the GST idea for 10 years.

He made this comment after JD (U) chose to support NDA Presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind. Going against the decision of its alliance partners, the RJD and the Congress, Nitish Kumar's JD (U) has chose to back the candidature of former Bihar governor Kovind. When pointed out that liquor, real estate and petroleum had been kept out of the GST ambit, Kumar, who has been keen on implementing total prohibition in the state since April a year ago, said such issues would be taken up subsequently by the authorities. Senior leaders of the JD (U) say that the corruption allegations against Lalu Prasad and his family members are a big reason for a dilemma in the JD (U) over attending the public meeting. "I can not be", he said, adding, "Have you so far that someone whose name is talked about for something gets it?"

Mr Yadav's party, the RJD, has said it has already invited him publicly and the party chief will also invite him in person for the BJP hatao desh bachao (drive out the BJP and save the nation) rally. He stressed, 'I do not want to be Prime Minister'.


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