Nitish Kumar backs Arvind Kejriwal on full statehood issue of Delhi

Patna,Aradhna Wal: The Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday was all abuzz as Bihar chief Minister Nitish Kumar met his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, amidst talks and rumours of the Aam Aadmi Party lending support to Kumar’s JD(U) in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. Addressing the press after the meeting, Kumar for the first time came out fully in support of full statehood for Delhi.

The two chief ministers were closeted for over an hour, along with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and AAP spokesperson Raghav Chaddha. This is the fourth time the two have met in the last two months, even though there has been no formal announcement of any alliance, or of AAP officially campaigning for JD(U) in Bihar.

However, Kumar did give his backing to AAP in its current battle with the BJP-led Centre, that of full statehood for Delhi and less interference from the Centre in the Delhi government’s workings.

Bringing up the tussle of senior level officers appointments, Kumar said that a government voted in by the people with such a massive mandate should be allowed to appoint its own secretaries.

Kumar, with his projected image of being pro-development and anti-corruption could be an ally for AAP, with their similar agenda. However, the problem of Lalu Yadav remains, a politician who has been convicted in a corruption case and who is currently Kumar’s ally. Lalu is not someone the AAP would ideally like to be associated with.

Hence, when Kumar was pressed for details about the Bihar elections by the media, he gave the only answer he probably currently could, “Let’s wait till the election come and then talk about it.”

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