Patna: A period of suspense and excitement continues in the politics of Bihar. There seems to be a cloud of uncertainty in the ruling grand alliance amid indications of state Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) President Nitish Kumar once again changing his stance and returning to the BJP-led NDA. The ongoing speculation about political uncertainty in the state got further strength when Nitish Kumar participated in the refreshment ceremony organized at Raj Bhavan here on the occasion of Republic Day, but Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav did not attend the function. . The Chief Minister was seen greeting senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijay Kumar Sinha along with other visitors during the function held at Raj Bhavan.
Meeting at Tejashwi’s residence
Coming out of the function, Nitish Kumar told reporters that it is the job of Yadav and other RJD leaders, including Assembly Speaker Avadh Bihari Chaudhary, to comment on why they (Tejashwi Yadav and other party leaders) did not come to the function. . State Education Minister Alok Mehta was present on behalf of RJD. However, neither Mehta nor any other RJD leader commented on Yadav’s absence. It is said that Tejashwi Yadav held a meeting with leaders close to the party at his residence to chalk out a strategy to prevent him from losing power in case Nitish Kumar decides to break the alliance.
Nitish-RJD should clarify the position on rumors
RJD national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Manoj Kumar Jha told reporters here that he is hopeful that JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar will clarify the situation amid rumors on whether he will go back to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Are planning. Asked about Jha’s comments, JD(U) chief spokesperson in the state Neeraj Kumar hit back, saying, “Our leader is in the Chief Minister’s residence as the leader of the Grand Alliance. There should be no scope for confusion. But if some people are still under confusion then we cannot do anything about it.” JD(U) state president Umesh Singh Kushwaha also denied these reports. Kushwaha told reporters, “Everything is fine in the ruling Grand Alliance of Bihar and the media speculations are driven by some agenda.” He also said, “I have met the Chief Minister yesterday and today also. It was a routine meeting. There is no truth in the rumours. We also reject the rumors that party MLAs have been asked to come to Patna immediately.
Nitish joined the Grand Alliance in August 2022
Nitish had joined the grand alliance led by his former arch rival Lalu Prasad’s party RJD after breaking ties with the BJP in August 2022. At that time Nitish had accused BJP of trying to split JD(U). After forming the new Grand Alliance government in Bihar, the longest serving Chief Minister Nitish Kumar started a campaign to bring together all the opposition parties across the country to oust the BJP from power at the Centre, which culminated in the formation of the opposition group ‘India ””””” formed.
Nitish had declared Tejashwi as his successor.
In a way, Nitish had declared Tejashwi Yadav as his successor and announced that the RJD leader will lead the grand alliance in the Bihar assembly elections to be held in 2025. After this announcement of Nitish, resentment spread in JD(U) due to which his close aide like Upendra Kushwaha had to leave the party. Indications of distrust between JD(U) and RJD were also visible last month when Nitish formally took over as party president. He had replaced Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, considered close to the RJD camp. Lallan had said that he himself left the top post of the party as he wanted to focus on his Lok Sabha seat Munger in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Nitish uncomfortable in India alliance
“The JD(U) is hopeful that the increase in quota for deprived castes and other welfare measures will help it do well in the early assembly elections,” said a leader of the Grand Alliance, requesting anonymity, while the RJD And the other allies are reluctant to take that risk almost two years before the end of the Assembly term.” He said, ”Also, with the way things are unfolding in the Nitish ‘India’ alliance- He has also expressed his displeasure over the delay in seat distribution. BJP, which till some time had said that its doors were closed for Nitish, has not opened its cards yet but there are enough indications of his possible return to the NDA. Have given. However, BJP state president Samrat Chaudhary, who met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Thursday evening, said that the meeting was regarding the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The BJP had fought the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in alliance with JD(U) and late Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). The alliance had won 39 out of 40 seats in the state. (Language)
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