Nitish Kumar's U-turn most vivid example of crass opportunism: Muslim body
New Delhi, August 5: India's one of the most influential Muslim organizations on Saturday strongly criticized Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his overnight switchover to the saffron camp even though he had got the political mandate for a secular coalition.
"The political U-turn adopted by the Bihar Chief Minister in tying the coalition-knot with the BJP will go down in history as one of the most vivid examples of crass opportunism and complete contempt and disregard to democratic norms and the political mandate under which the Bihar electorate brought the JDU-RJD-Congress coalition to power," said top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind at their monthly press briefing here on Saturday.
Jamaat termed Nitish's move as "political corruption".
"This murky affair is not only political betrayal at its worst but also a kind of "political corruption" that will devour the vital entrails of our democracy," said Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, national president of Jamaat.
Nitish Kumar quit as chief minister on 26th July evening parting ways with the Grand Alliance of JDU, RJD and Congress but within hours approached the Governor to form new government with the support of BJP. Nitish as the chief ministerial face of the Grand Alliance had strongly campaigned against BJP during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections.
Jamaat leaders said that his act will weaken people's faith in democracy.
"This episode is bound to damage the people's "faith in democracy" and will make the electorate even more sceptical of their decisive power in shaping the contours of the government that comes to power," they said.
Jamaat also condemned the political development in Gujarat from where Congress party had to move its MLAs fearing their poaching by the ruling BJP.
"This too is reflective of the deep malaise in the moral fabric of our society where "people's conscience" can be purchased like a commodity in the market," said Jamaat.
"Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is a strong proponent of value-based politics and feels that the ends can never justify the means. Noble objectives always demand a noble methodology to achieve those aims and goals," it said.
Jamaat chief was accompanied by his deputy Nusrat Ali and Secretary General Mohammad Salim Engineer.