Editorial

BJP outwits Nitish

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/20/2020 12:08:30 PM IST

 Fourth time Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar may be not be out but certainly down as he is the undeserving man to be chief minister. He has been made to ear humble pie by the BJP which graciously kept him in driver’s seat but the steering wheel in the hands of one of its deputy chief minister and accelerator and brakes on the foot of another party deputy chief minister. Indeed, Nitish is the face of the NDA but the body is that of the BJP. How this has come about is purely a self-delusion that Nitish has been suffering from. His affair with the BJP is the story of rank opportunism which he exploited till after the poll results of 2020. He had opposed Narendra Modi tooth and nail when in the NDA from 2009 to 2014 and vowed never be with BJP if Modi ever became prime minister. Then after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he quit the NDA and then resigned as the chief minister. Nitish played his card by portraying himself as the saviour of the Mahadalits by installing Mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi as the chief minister. Nitish vowed that he would lead the 2015 assembly election campaign and become the chief minister only after winning the polls. However, within nine months, Nitish unceremoniously removed Manjhi and took over as Bihar chief minister once again. In 2015, with the Mahagathbandhan, despite the RJD gaining more seats than his JD (U), Nitish was back as chief minister and the so-called protector of ‘Bihari Asmita’ with a renewed vow to counter Modi’s BJP and work for his beloved state. Again in 2017, Nitish ditched the Mahagathbandhan to rejoin the NDA. He has, so far, not furnished any convincing explanation as to why he joined hands with Modi, whom he had vociferously opposed for eight years between 2009 and 2017. Nitish has camouflaged many of his intentions with high moral grounds. He has developed the art of doublespeak - supporting BJP at the Centre while wooing minorities and Muslims in his state. However, this time the BJP had made its future intentions clear when it removed the party legislature party and Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi, with Tarkishore Prasad as the leader of the legislative party and Renu Devi as deputy leader. Sushil Modi and Nitish enjoyed good rapport in the state so the new BJP set up means that the terms of engagement between BJP and JD(U)has changed and would be far tougher for Nitish to have his way any longer. What does not work in favour of Nitish is the fact that his party JD(U) with only 43 seats out of 115 it contested has been totally surpassed by the BJP which won 74 out of 110 contested. The BJP came second after the RJD which could win 75 out of 144 seats it contested. Bihar polls threw up a mixed bag- the single largest party, RJD sits as head of the opposition; the second largest party does not have its chief minister while the minority party JD(U) has the post of chief minister. BJP could still play its favourite game of break-and-make, enticing MLAs from other parties and having its own majority party government so the next few months could unravel all the speculations. 

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