Kumar, who had parted ways with Lalu in 1994 and succeeded in dethroning him in Bihar in 2005 in alliance with BJP, said the Narendra Modi government at the Centre knows that it cannot fulfil the tall promises it has made and will resort to spreading religious passion to cling to power.

"They can run government. They cannot run the country. Did 'achchhe din (good days)' come?" he asked, referring to BJP's slogan during elections.

"Achchhe din will never come. But they have come for some people in BJP. In fact, their 'apne din (own days)' have come," said Kumar, who split with BJP last year over his opposition to Narendra Modi's elevation as Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP, and quit as chief minister after his party JD(U) was routed in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

He said his alliance with Lalu, whose party RJD also fared poorly in polls but fetched more votes than JD(U), was the need of the hour as the country was in ‘danger’.

Hitting out at BJP, Kumar said it is for the first time that those leaders are in power who did not spend a single day in jail during freedom struggle.

"Our forefathers sacrificed their lives. We all know the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Lohia, Vallabhbhai Patel, Ambedkar. Now those people are in the seat of power who did not spend a day behind bars," he said, in an apparent attack on the BJP's ideological mentor RSS, which mostly kept away from political movements during the freedom struggle.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday shared the dais during a campaign for the by-polls to 10 assembly seats in Bihar.
Both of them will hold five public meetings at Hajipur, Mohiuddinagar, Narkatiyaganj, Chapra and Mohania as part of campaign for the by-elections in 10 seats scheduled for August 21.
The joint campaign schedule was decided after talks between the alliance leaders.
Nitish Kumar had parted ways with Lalu Prasad in 1994 to form Samata Party with George Fernandes. It merged with Sharad Yadav-led Janata Dal (United) in 2003 and became a constituent of the NDA and Kumar emerged as the main rival of Prasad.

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