The JD(U) had not sent any representative to attend the all-party meeting the PM had convened on December 5 over the matter.
BJP Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Modi (SuMo) said Nitish might have been prompted to reconsider his stand after the humiliating Kurhani bypoll defeat. “The Grand Alliance under Nitish’s leadership has lost two of the three byelections held recently. In Mokama, it was basically the personal victory of Anant Singh,” SuMo told TOI on Saturday. “Nitish might have realised by now that neither his party nor his workers were happy with his decision to join hands with Lalu Prasad,” he added.
“Nitish doesn’t have the guts to meet the PM face-to-face since he has betrayed BJP again and again. In a physical meeting, we meet face to face but there is no such problem in joining a meeting online,” SuMo said.
Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) said the CM attended the meeting with the PM because he feared too much opposition could backfire, as seen in the Kurhani bypoll which JD(U) lost despite every effort. “The voters taught a bitter lesson to Nitish, who has not only been opposing BJP but also refusing to implement centrally sponsored schemes in the state. This apparently forced the CM to do a volte-face. Barely four days back his party had boycotted the first meeting with the PM over G20,” LJP (RV) state chief spokesperson Rajesh Bhatt said.
JD(U), however, said nothing should be read into the chief minister’s move to join PM Modi’s meeting.