Tejashwi dismisses RJD-JDU reunion rumours as Nitish makes a ‘courtesy’ call on Lalu

Patna: Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader and party patriarch Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday confirmed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had phoned his father in hospital before terming it as a courtesy and said that there is no possibility of Kumar’s Janata Dal-United(JDU) returning to his party-led alliance.

As JDU and BJP have witnessed strains in their ties, the call by Kumar had led to the speculation that he could be weighing his options outside the NDA, the BJP-led alliance that he joined last year after dumping Lalu Yadav and the Congress.

“Nothing but a late courtesy call to enquire about his health as he underwent fistula operation on Sunday,” tweeted about the phone call from the Chief Minister.

“Surprisingly Nitish Ji got to know about his ill health after 4 months of hospitalisation. I hope he realises he being the last politician to enquire following BJP/NDA Ministers visiting him in hospital,” he added.

Lalu Yadav, who has been sentenced 14 years in the fodder scam and is out on bail, received the phone call on Sunday soon after he was wheeled out of the operation theatre at Mumbai’s Asian Heart Institute.

However, Tejashwi Yadav’s party holds the opinion that the belated courtesy might be related to Kumar’s trouble within his new alliance.

Tejashwi further said that Kumar did appear in the process of making up his mind for an alliance manoeuvre once again.

” (But) There is no guarantee that if we, speaking hypothetically, agree to yet another tie-up, he would not ditch us sometime later. The door is now closed,” he said.

While JDU has been seeking its primacy from BJP in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls for weeks, both the parties have also talked about their preparedness to contest the elections on their own.

As per media reports, JDU leaders have told that the BJP seems to be hoping for a repeat of the triangular contest that Bihar witnessed in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The JDU wasn’t part of the alliance with the RJD or the BJP-led NDA which ended up with 29 seats.

In 2015, however, Nitish Kumar had joined hands with Lalu Yadav, abandoning year of rivalry, thereby emerging as the two main power players in Bihar to work together. The Congress, which was key in forging their truce, became their third ally. The Grand Alliance succeeded in defeating the BJP in the election for Bihar.