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Nitish responds to Lalu’s ‘doors are always open’ remark

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NEW DELHI: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday responded to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad‘s “doors are always open” remark, saying he maintains good ties with both his

allies

as well as opponents.
“I maintain good relations with allies and leaders of opposition parties. I shake hands with them whenever I meet them. That’s all”, Nitish said when asked about the remark by Lalu, with whom he was seen warmly shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries inside the assembly premises on Thursday.
Earlier this week, Lalu had said that doors were always open for Nitish Kumar, days after the Bihar chief minister walked out of Mahagathbandhan and joined BJP-led NDA.

“Ab aayenge toh dekhenge. Doors are always open,” Lalu had said when asked if he would give another chance to Nitish.

Meanwhile, Nitish said he exited the Bihar alliance because things were not going well.
“I don’t think of who says what… Things were not going well, so I left them (RJD),” he said.
When asked about cabinet expansion, Nitish said, “Ho Jayega (It will be done). Sab Theek Chal Raha Hai (things are going smoothly”.
Sources in the NDA on Saturday indicated that Nitish Kumar’s cabinet will be further expanded in two-three days to accommodate legislators belonging to other castes, minorities groups and women.
Nitish took oath for a record ninth term earlier this month after joining hands with BJP.
(With inputs from agencies)

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