Ankur Chatterjee: Nitish Kumar marched to the Bihar Governor’s mansion with Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday to create a new administration, just hours after breaking off an alliance with the BJP and resigning as Chief Minister.
Nitish Kumar met his MLAs before deciding to leave alliances with BJP for the second time. Late this afternoon, he met with the Governor to give in his resignation. “I’ve resigned, and I’ve informed my MLAs,” he told the reporters after meeting with the Governor.
Soon after that, he was seen walking with Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav and his brother Tej Pratap – both sons of Lalu Yadav – before he met the Governor for a second time to seek re-election as Chief Minister. Other parties, such as the Congress, are anticipated to join the new coalition.
Senior BJP leaders from different districts of Bihar are flying to Patna to address the consequences of this shift. Sushil Kumar Modi and former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad are among them. “Nitish Kumar has abandoned Bihar’s people and the BJP. People are going to teach him a lesson “Sanjay Jaiswal, the chief of the Bihar BJP, stated at a press conference.
The animosity between the two parties reached a breaking point when Nitish Kumar expressed concern that Union Minister Amit Shah is working tirelessly to divide the Janata Dal (United).
To that purpose, Nitish Kumar accuses RCP Singh, a former leader of his own party, of acting as Amit Shah’s go-between. RCP Singh resigned from the JDU over the weekend after the party accused him of widespread wrongdoing.
RCP Singh joined the federal cabinet in 2021 as a representative of Nitish Kumar’s party. The Chief Minister of Bihar was irritated that he had only been awarded one cabinet position. His closest aide stated yesterday that RCP Singh had opted to join the centre on his own will and had informed Nitish Kumar that Amit Shah had said he was the only JDU representative in the cabinet. “Will Amit Shah decide our party’s matters?” questioned JDU President Rajeev Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal, Bihar’s single-largest party, also convened today to discuss the state of Bihar. Tejashwi Yadav is the party’s leader. The party is set to openly declare its support for Nitish Kumar, restoring a previous coalition with him (the partnership lasted for less than three years). According to sources, Tejashwi Yadav would serve as Deputy Chief Minister in a new cabinet.
Tejashwi Yadav had previously served as a minister in Nitish Kumar’s cabinet, which had three components: the JDU, Lalu Yadav’s party, and the Congress. After ending a decades-long relationship with the BJP, Nitish Kumar established an alliance with them. But, after accusing Tejashwi Yadav and his brother of corruption, he ended his coalition with ‘secular’ parties and returned to the BJP.
As per reports, Nitish Kumar is sure that Amit Shah intends to replicate the Maharashtra model in Bihar. Uddhav Thackeray was forced to resign as Chief Minister when Eknath Shinde, a top Shiv Sena leader, organised a massive mutiny in collaboration with the BJP. The BJP rewarded Eknath Shinde with the position of Maharashtra Chief Minister.
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