Rahul says he had an inkling

Rahul says he had an inkling

Rahul says he had an inkling

Hours after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked out of the Grand Alliance, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday claimed that he had an inkling about the impending developments at least three months ago.

Rahul, who was hailed as the architect of the Grand Alliance that brought the warring rivals, the JD(U) and the RJD, together on an anti-BJP plank, lashed out at Nitish for rank opportunism.

“This is the problem with Indian politics... a person can do anything for selfish gains. There are no rules, no credibility. People go to any extent to be in power,” Rahul told reporters outside Parliament.

“His mandate was anti-communal. He promised the people of Bihar that he will not join hands with communal, divisive powers. Nitish has cheated us,” he said.

“In politics, you get to know what is going on in a person’s mind. To tell you the truth, we knew that this planning was on for the past three months,” Rahul said.

Asked what the Congress did to salvage the situation if they knew about it beforehand, the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala recalled that Nitish had famously said in 2013 that he chose to be reduced to dust than join hands with the saffron party.

“We chose to believe that Nitish was mature enough, seasoned enough and honest enough to stand by his word,” Surjewala said.

“In Bihar, every political and democratic principle was murdered in broad daylight and a government of the BJP-JD(U) has been formed today, which has neither the people’s mandate nor the authority to rule. This is a black day indeed for Indian democracy,” he said.

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