Bihar is heading for an all new coalition makeover, as Nitish Kumar resigns dumping his 20 month old alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal. Kumar’s move comes in the wake of corruption charges cited against few RJD leaders including Tejaswi Yadav. However Kumar is all set to make a fresh start with the support of BJP. BJP has already sent it’s letter of support to the Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
Earlier on Thursday Nitish Kumar submitted his resignation to the governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, officially announcing his decision to quit the grand alliance. According to Kumar the decision was taken after a brief consultation with JD(U) MLAs, keeping in view the vested interest of the party.
“Ever since the corruption charges were leveled against RJD leaders, we have been asking them for an explanation. We also talked to Tejashwi and asked him to come clean of his charges but to no avail. The situation got so worse that it became difficult for me to work. We had followed the Gathbandhan Dharma and had tried to protect it. But now my conscience does not allow me to continue,” he said.
Bihar’s radical change in stance will definitely have a rippling effect at the national level, as this “Mahagathbandhan” takes centerstage. Prime Minster Narendra Modi and BJP stalwart Amit Shah congratulated Nitish Kumar on his newly assigned role and reiterated that this new alliance would certainly allow Bihar to scale new heights.
“Bhrashtachar ke khilaf ladai mein judne ke liye Nitish Kumar ji to bahut bahut badhai. Sava-sau crore nagrik imandari ka swagat aur samarthan kar rahe hain”, Modi quoted.
In the meanwhile Tejaswi marched towards the Raj Bhawan with a group of RJD members to stall the efforts of Nitish Kumar to gather support from the BJP MLAs, to form the next government. In order to express his opposition Tejaswi slammed Kumar with the charges of being “opportunist”.
He took to Twitter saying, “If Nitish Ji is proud of his moral values and honesty, he would not had been in midnight rush to stake claim for the government. Honest man doesn’t fear. Nitish Ji if you have belief in your morality and honesty than why have you caged JDU MLAs in your house.”
Maharashtra JD(U) chief and MLC Kapil Patil who also expressed his discontent with Nitish Kumar’s move and said he will decide the future course of action in the next party meet.
CPI General Secretary Sitaram Yechury called Nitish Kumar’s stance as plain “political opportunism”, indicating that the Chief Minister has past records of taking oath from different allainces.
Nitish has remained an undisputed leader for 11 years at a stretch, till he was forged into a coalition with the RJD emerging as the single largest party after the 2015 assembly elections. Past records reveal that Nitish has always risen in the company of BJP, so this merger with BJP can certainly be viewed as a clear winner.
Meanwhile a floor test will be held on Friday at 11 am by the recently sworn in Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi, following which he will make a trip to Delhi with Prime Minister Modi announcing the names of the ministers for the Bihar legislative assembly.
Speculations are rife that that it was the occasional bonhomie between the BJP and Nitish Kumar that rocked the coalition boat and eventually led to the collapse of the coalitiion regime. However this new alliance is undoutedly BJP attempt to drum up support for a clear mandate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
In recent twist trouble looms large at Lalu’s hinterland as the Enforcement directorate zeroes in on Lalu and his family members in a hotel allotment case, under the sections of Prevention Of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). This case dates back to Lalu’s rule as a railway minister in the UPA government.
Though Nitish Kumar’s change of guard seems promising, Lalu’s RJD cannot be written off totally as this may allow Lalu Yadav gain a soft corner and attain a better bargain position to win the muslim votes in the next assembly elections.