TIL Desk/National/Patna/ Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar claimed that he knew “from the very beginning” that his alliance with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal “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 grand alliance ministry, headed by Kumar, collapsed in July last year after the chief minister resigned over graft charge against his then deputy, Tejashwi Yadav. Subsequently, Kumar joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party to form another coalition government in Bihar.
“The very day the Mahagathbandhan 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 Janata Dal-United chief told reporters in Patna on the sidelines of his weekly “Lok Samvad” (public interaction) programme.