Patna: Three days after he dumped the BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday proved his majority in the Assembly and said his former ally won't win the next Lok Sabha election 2014. (Agencies)
Accusing the BJP of trying to promote divisive politics, he said the policies of consultation which it believed in under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's leadership had ended. In a speech in the Assembly during a trust motion he moved to prove his majority, Nitish Kumar said India was built on secular foundations and his party won't tolerate anyone trying to cause a religious divide.
"The country should be run in a manner so as to take everyone along... Coalition governments are the norm now. No party should be under the false premise that they can run the country on their own steam," he said.
Referring to the now ailing Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was Prime Minister from 1998 to 2004, he said, "The work ethics of Atalji was based on how to take everyone along, based on consultations... But now it has changed."
Nitish Kumar sailed through with 126 votes in his favour after 91 BJP members and a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) legislator walked out of the 243-member House before the voting.
The Congress (four members), voted in favour of Kumar. This triggered accusation from the BJP that Nitish Kumar -- described as a secular person by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh -- had joined hands with the Congress.
"JD-U has shown its colour by participating in the Congress conspiracy," BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said.
Nitish Kumar further said that the BJP has no chance of winning the 2014 Lok Sabha election. "Even if we remained with them, notching up 200 seats would be difficult... Don't be under the illusion that you can do it alone. This is the time of coalitions," he said.
Taking an apparent dig at Modi's Gujarat model of development, Nitish Kumar said, "What vikas (development) model is this where you improve (the condition of) areas that are already good? What kind of improvement is it?"
"We will not tolerate thopna (imposition of views). We are for the policy of taking everyone along and against divisive policies," he asserted.
In the House on Wednesday, Nitish Kumar got the support of JD-U's 117 legislators, four independents and Congress members each and the Communist Party of India legislator.
Those who voted against Nitish Kumar included 22 members of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and two independents.
Patna: Three days after he dumped the BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday proved his majority in the Assembly and said his former ally won't win the next Lok Sabha election 2014.