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Knew from very beginning Grand Alliance will not last: Nitish

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Kumar today claimed that he knew "from the very beginning" that his alliance with Lalu Prasad's RJD "would not last for more than a year-and-a-half", but he did his best to carry on in the Grand Alliance, which ultimately disintegrated last year.

The ministry, headed by Kumar, collapsed in July last year after the resigned over graft charge against his then deputy,

Subsequently, Kumar joined hands with the BJP to form another coalition government in

"The very day the government was installed, I had said to those close to me that this was not going to last for more than a year-and-a-half. I knew it from the very beginning. I still managed to carry on for 20 months," the JD(U) chief told reporters here on the sidelines of his weekly "Lok Samvad" (public interaction) programme.

He said this while reacting to the allegations of "betrayal of mandate", levelled against him by the RJD and the -- the two other constituents of the erstwhile "Mahagathbandhan".

The was formed shortly after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when Kumar and Prasad decided to bury the hatchet.

Both the JD(U) and the RJD had suffered a severe drubbing in the Parliamentary election, which saw the BJP putting up its best ever electoral performance, riding on a strong wave in favour of Narendra Modi.

However, Kumar's statement drew flak from former JD(U) Sharad Yadav, who had raised a banner of revolt when the joined hands with the BJP.

"If he (Kumar) knew that the alliance was not going to last, why did he agree for such a tie-up in the first place. It is an illogical thing to say. He is suffering from pangs of guilt for his volte face and trying to justify his actions by such utterances," Yadav told a TV channel in

Yadav was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha a couple of months ago, following an application by the JD(U), which had held that the former party president's presence at rallies and meetings organised by the RJD-combine were tantamount to his having "voluntary renounced" the membership of the party.

Reacting to Kumar's statement, tweeted, saying, "This is what I have been saying since the beginning that Tejashwi was just an excuse. Paltu chacha (turncoat uncle) had vicious plans beforehand."

"The respected 67-year-old should be ashamed that he made a 28-year-old an excuse for his shenanigans. Uncle, you could have parted ways like a man," Yadav, who is the younger son of Lalu Prasad, said.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 22:20 IST