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Rafale deal no more a issue, no need for JPC: Nitish Kumar

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Kumar Monday said a probe into the Rafale deal was not required as the had given its judgment and the had debated the issue.

The (United) also urged the government to hear the people of on the the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which has been opposed by a large section of people and organisations in the Northeast.

Targeting opposition parties that have attacking the government over the Rafale issue, Kumar said, "The has delivered its judgment on the issue. It has already been debated in It is no more an issue."

"It is beyond one's fathom as what is left now that needs to be convinced to the people...JPC should be constituted for what?," he told reporters here after his 'Lok Samvad' (public interaction) programme.

Kumar was accompanied by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, cabinet colleagues and senior bureaucrats.

The JD(U) also refused to give much importance to the mahagathbandhan which, he said, had "no future" in

"I am quite confident that will again become the after the polls... But the people are supreme, they will take the decision ultimately," Kumar, who will play an important role for the NDA in in the parliamentary election, said.

He said he does not buy the argument that the BJP will lose the Lok Sabha polls as it has lost assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, and

The mahaghatbandhan (grand alliance) in Bihar has no future even though it attempts to make caste equations to gain electoral success by cobbling up with various political parties, the said.

"They (RJD and others like it) have made such attempts in the past also. But these equations have no force as people will ultimately vote on the work of a party," he said.

The grand alliance is aligning with anyone and everyone, Kumar said, adding, "this shows their lack of confidence."


The grand alliance in Bihar comprises RJD, Congress, HAM, RLSP and Sharad Yadav's LJD.

Taking a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, Kumar said the man who tore into ordinance on convicted legislators has compromised with the issue of corruption and is meeting and aligning with people facing graft charges.

His barb was apparently directed towards the Congress's alliance with Lalu Prasad's RJD in Bihar.

Kumar, however, did not reply to a query during the interaction with reporters on the future he sees for

On the JD(U)'s stand on the Citizen (Amendment) Bill, Kumar said the amendment must keep the Assamese identity intact and should not hurt their sentiments.

The government must listen to the people of before coming out with any amendment, he said.

"So far as the issue of the amendment bill is concerned, I have conveyed my views to the current dispensation (at the Centre) on it. I had a talk with late yesterday evening in this regard," Kumar said.

He said the issue is currently lying with the joint select committee of Parliament and "I can give my reaction only after going through the amendments incorporated in the bill..."

"But whatever amendments be, it must keep the Assamese identity intact and their sentiments should be respected. The government must listen to the people of before coming out with any amendment," Kumar said.

The said his party's view on the issue is already in public domain and a delegation from Assam, including students' unions and the (AGP), had met him in July last year during the JD(U)'s national meeting.

He said he had then expressed his views on the bill.

During the interaction after the Lok Samvad, the chief minister had an exchange of words with a who had asked a question on the Sabarimala issue.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:10 IST
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