On Monday, the Congress took a swipe at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with a chameleon barb and the 'aaya Kumar, gaya Kumar' jibe, following his sudden resignation and alliance formation with the BJP. Jairam Ramesh, Congress general secretary, used a Hindi post on social media to say, "Girgit ko bhi karni padi naye rang ki khoj, ye shoorveer badalte hain itne rang roz" (Even the chameleon had to search for a new color as these 'warriors' change so many colors every day).
Ramesh, speaking with reporters during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in West Bengal, compared Kumar to a chameleon, stating, "What can I say? I said yesterday 'aaya Kumar, gaya Kumar.' Nitish Kumar gives tough competition to a chameleon." The phrase 'aaya Ram gaya Ram' was used in the 1990s to describe frequent floor-crossing and party-switching.
Ramesh criticized Kumar for his repeated resignations and changing political affiliations, claiming that Kumar had betrayed the opposition. He mentioned that Kumar had participated in three meetings of the opposition bloc INDIA but gave no indication of his intentions. Ramesh emphasized that the people of Bihar would respond appropriately to Kumar's actions in due time.
On Sunday, Jairam Ramesh had accused Kumar of staging a "political drama" to divert attention from the Congress's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.
(With Agency Inputs)