Delay in decision by Congress pushed Nitish Kumar towards NDA camp
Patna: A new disclosure which has been made by a newspaper has squarely blamed the Congress for Janata Dal (U) leader and chief minister Nitish Kumar's U-turn and extending support to National Democratic Alliance candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential post.
The paper, a national English daily, in a report published on Saturday , has claimed that he was in no mood to side with the NDA and was all in favour of a combined opposition nominee, unlike the previous presidential poll, but the Congress made him change his mind.
The party, according to the paper, made two mistakes, First, it did not agree on the name suggested by him and then delayed the selection by more than a fortnight.
Nitish had suggested name of Gopal Krishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, for the post at the birth day party of Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam's patriarch M Karunanidhi which was attended by most of opposition leaders in Chennai. It was on the third of this month.
DMK leader M K Stalin and some left leaders backed him. The left parties may have supported him because of his West Bengal connection-- he was governor of West Bengal at one time.
But the Congress remained non-committal for more than a fortnight. It made known its choice two days after the NDA announced its nominee. It was too late because by this time Nitish had made his preference known.
There was a pressure on him to change but he did not because that is not in his nature. He has so far held his ground.