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After note recall, Nitish supports government decision on army chief

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Published on 20 Dec 2016 11:05 AM GMT

After note recall, Nitish supports government decision on army chief
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Nitish has upset calculations of many including his colleague, Lalu
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Patna : Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has distanced himself from his own party colleagues, in addition to his government ally. Unlike his party general secretary K C Tyagi he does not find anything wrong with selection of Bipin Rawat as army chief, superseding two senior officers.

The government at the Centre is fully entitled to selecting the chief of its choice, he told some of his party colleagues here on Monday. He simultaneous advised them to keep appointment of army chief away from politics. " Please do not politicise the issue. Keep the army out of politics", he said,

This statement runs counter to reaction of the party's general secretary on the subject. In tune with the Congress, Tyagi was critical of the government over his appointment.

And this is not the first time that other considerations have outweighed seniority consideration. A parallel can be drawn to appointment of A S Vaidya as chief during late Indira Gandhi's regime. Lt.General S K Sinha was senior to him but he was not promoted.

This is the second time that Nitish has differed with his colleague. Earlier, he had expressed disagreement with his senior party man Sharad Yadav over demonetisation. Nitish had welcomed the move and called it good for the nation's economic health.

This had irked even his coalition partner Lalu Prasad Yadav who has nothing complimentary for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Lalu had gone to the extent of calling Modi Uncle Podger, a comic character. It is another matter that later he changed his stance and called decision good but implementation faulty.

Nitish's latest statement too goes well with the Modi's government thinking. He too believes that the country cannot go totally cashless. It can , of course, reduce its reliance on cash. The aim is and should be to for a less- cash society or economy.

The best country in this regard is Sweden but that too is not totally cash less. Even in economically better off country like America, only 30 to 40 per cent transaction is in cash.

All this is not to suggest that he will pull out of the government in the state. It may be just a keen--jerk reaction, without any design. The other reason may be to sound different from other opposition leaders and win the heart and mind of even some BJP supporters. That may help him emerge as a statesman and not just a political leader ---also emerge as a national leader.

Also read: Nitish backs Lalu’s enemy again, widening the gap between two

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