We didn't get invitation for GST launch event: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

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We didn't get invitation for GST launch event: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

"But the opposition needs an alternative narrative, just a reactive narrative wont work".

"Such things keep happening in politics".

On Sushil Modi he said that "He has a habit of giving statements daily, I don't read and neither do I have interest".

Kumar also said that there was no rift in the Maha Gathbandhan, stemming from the variance in opinions over the next President. "He does it for the media". "People in Bihar are laughing at us, that despite being the second largest party in Parliament, we are being bullied by the Chief Minister", said a senior leader from the state.

When asked about GST and his attendance in the midnight GST session, Nitish said, "We have always supported GST". It will bring transparency to the system. It is a reform and it has to evolve with the time, minor issues will have to be sorted out.

Kumar criticised BJP, emphasising that JD (U) would not be a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) again.

He said that he never lived in illusion.

"I am not the face of the opposition".

The Congress leader also had said that he (Nitish) had taken the first step for defeating a Dalit leader (Oppostion's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar) by extending support to Kovind.

"I feel Nitish Kumar is slowly drifting away from RJD, therefore, he is trying to mend the bond". I do not want that role, nor do I have the capability. Urging a more active opposition, Nitish pointed out that the opposition lacks an agenda driven approach. People are looking for alternative agenda.

Relentless attacks by Nitish on the Congress and its leadership in the last few days have forced the grand old party on the back foot.

For an effective opposition, an alternative agenda is important.

Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav - both sons of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav - were also present at the meeting. "I am not saying that he is going to solve their alliance but on various issues in the past, Nitish Kumar has taken an independent stand", BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI.

However, Nitish Kumar on Monday denied any such rumours saying that the Mahagathbandhan with RJD and Congress is intact.

To expose the BJP's cow protection slogans, Kumar said Bihar would soon have a shelter in Patna for abandoned cattle. "I have already talked in detail on the subject at JD (U)'s state executive meeting in Patna yesterday".

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