BJP chief Amit Shah, on Saturday, formally invited Bihar CM and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar to join the NDA. Amit Shah’s invitation to Nitish Kumar has come at a time when the JD(U) could be on the verge of a possible split.

Earlier in July, JD(U) got into a fresh alliance with BJP, after Nitish Kumar walked out of the grand alliance plan with the Rashtriya Janata Dal of Lalu Prasad Yadav and the Congress.

Amit Shah on Saturday tweeted “I met JD(U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday. I invited JD(U) to join the NDA.”

Yesterday, Nitish Kumar met Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Nitish Kumar will most likely make a formal announcement of joining the NDA at the national executive meet of JD(U) on 19th August.

Nitish Kumar shook his hand off the grand alliance plan with RJD and Congress after the then Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, son of Lalu Yadav, refused to resign corruption charges came to light raised against him. Subsequent raids were conducted against the Yadav family members by central agencies in a case of holding illegal assets. He then partnered with the BJP and took oath as the Bihar chief minister.

“I have been doing my best to provide good governance. But the circumstances have so developed that it was difficult for a person like me to continue to be in power. That is why I met the Governor and gave my resignation,” Nitish Kumar said.

A JD(U) leader said, “When we are together in government in Bihar, it is only natural that our party joins the Union government.”

Meanwhile, JD(U) party leader Sharad Yadav has been quite a vocal critic of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s recent decision to cast away from the Bihar Grand Alliance.

Also, Sharad Yadav and his Rajya Sabha colleague from the party Ali Anwar have openly been expressing their displeasure against Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the BJP.

As it turned out, on Saturday, Sharad Yadav was removed as the party’s leader in Rajya Sabha for being quite a catalyst in anti-party activities.

He has been replaced by RCP Singh, who is also a close advisor to Nitish Kumar.