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In a scathing attack on Nitish Kumar on Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said all doors to his joining the BJP-led NDA have been shut.

After a rally in West Champaran district, Shah addressed a conclave of farmers and labourers in Patna, saying the JD(U) leader had joined forces with former adversaries Congress and RJD and “betrayed” the BJP on account of his “Prime Ministerial ambitions”.

In 2013, Nitish Babu abandoned us, Shah said, but in 2017, he reconnected with us. Even though we won more seats than his JD(U) in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 and the assembly elections a year later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for his return as chief minister.

At present, Nitish babu is at the doorsteps (dagar par) of (RJD supremo) Lalu Prasad.

In his turn, he will suffer vishwasghaat (betrayal). Nitish babu, you will never be admitted into the NDA,” a senior BJP leader said. “I have never seen a man spew lies so blatantly (itna jhooth bolne wala) and so treacherous (itna vishwasghat karne wala),” said Shah.

After leaving the NDA in 2013, Nitish Kumar joined the Mahagathbandhan allies Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in 2015, and the alliance won the Bihar Assembly elections. Two years later, Kumar joined the BJP after breaking up with Mahagathbandhan in 2017. The JD(U) coalition fought the 2019 Lok Sabha and 2020 Bihar Assembly elections together. Kumar left the BJP in 2022 to join Lalu Prasad’s RJD and Congress.

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