Patna, April 1 (Agency)
Bihar Water Resources Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha on Friday termed the idea of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar going to Rajya Sabha as a “rumour” and “mischievous act” and said that it is far from the truth. Sanjay Kumar Jha, considered a confidante of the Chief Minister, tweeted, “I am shocked by the rumor that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is considering going to Rajya Sabha, this is mischief and far from the truth.” He said, “Mr. Kumar has the mandate to serve Bihar, and will continue to serve for his entire tenure as Chief Minister. He is not going anywhere. Sanjay said, “Nitish Kumar was the face of NDA in the 2020 Bihar assembly elections and people voted to keep this alliance in power.” “His (Nitish’s) unwavering commitment to serve the people and ability to transform Bihar is sacred. I urge everyone to stay away from this kind of propaganda, it will not be of any use.’
It is noteworthy that during an informal conversation with some journalists, Nitish had allegedly made remarks about his unfulfilled desire in the context of Rajya Sabha. Journalists had asked him about his recent visit to his old parliamentary constituency. Journalists jokingly asked whether Nitish plans to contest the parliamentary elections again. There were reports being carried by a section of the media that the JD(U) leader may go to Delhi for a top constitutional post.
Nitish Kumar has been in power in Bihar since 2005 and has been the chief minister for the longest time. The report also claimed that he may agree to a new “transfer of power” formula in the state, where the BJP may be allowed to make its chief minister. The BJP has won more seats than the JD(U) in the 2020 assembly elections. Asked about speculations that Nitish Kumar might emerge as the BJP’s choice for the vice-president’s post after the end of Venkaiah Naidu’s term, former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi on Thursday said, “Accha hi rahega na”. ‘