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Constant sparring, communication hole, poaching shadow: Why Nitish give up NDA

NITISH KUMAR’s choice to stroll out of the NDA and be part of palms with rival RJD marked a bitter finish to his tenuous relationship with the BJP after returning to energy in November 2020 as Chief Minister heading the coalition authorities.

Those who’ve interacted with Nitish stated he was “not at all comfortable” from Day One. “He believed the BJP belittled him utilizing Chirag Paswan (of LJP). When you lose (votes), you begin believing in such issues. He didn’t need to be Chief Minister however reluctantly agreed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested. But he was in no way snug,” a frontrunner stated.

Over the final yr, the equations between the 2 events deteriorated drastically. Here are the important thing the explanation why, in line with sources within the JD(U) and BJP:

First disappointment: The BJP’s choice to maintain former Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi out of the Cabinet. The two shared a great relationship, and Sushil Modi may have ironed out any distinction between the 2 events. Nitish was not comfortable with the BJP’s new Deputy CMs, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi.

Constant sparring: The previous yr noticed a continuing confrontation between leaders of the BJP and the JD(U). Several BJP leaders, together with its state president Sanjay Jaiswal, spoke publicly towards the federal government. From the JD(U) aspect, Upendra Kushwaha returned hearth. Despite this friction, there was no intervention from the BJP central management, which gave Nitish the sensation that the sniping towards him and the federal government was a part of a plan.

Communal points: Nitish was visibly upset over communal points. JD(U) leaders stated points like “love jihad” and the controversy round loudspeakers at mosques unsettled him. Sources stated he felt the controversies had been “manufactured” to point out him in a nasty mild. Talk of BJP wanting to interchange him as Chief Minister angered him additional. He even stated as soon as that he wouldn’t thoughts going to the Rajya Sabha.

Communication hole: Sources stated Modi’s go to to Patna on the invitation of the Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha to attend the concluding operate of the Bihar Legislative Assembly centenary celebrations didn’t go down properly with Nitish. Although Modi praised him on the operate, sources stated he felt BJP leaders had been attempting to bypass him. “His point was, ‘how could the Prime Minister visit his state at somebody else’s invitation’. “He felt hurt,” a frontrunner stated.

Poaching shadow: In March, the BJP poached all of the three MLAs of Vikassheel Insaan Party and have become the most important celebration with 77 MLAs within the Assembly, sending one other sign. Then got here the RCP Singh episode — suspecting that the JD(U) chief in Delhi had grown near the BJP, Nitish denied him a Rajya Sabha berth in May. Sources stated he suspected a poaching bid by the BJP utilizing Singh.

Agnipath protests: The violent protests in Bihar over the Agnipath army recruitment scheme was the ultimate nail within the coffin. Bihar BJP chief Jaiswal made a number of statements towards the state authorities. BJP leaders stated Nitish had neither condemned the violence nor appealed for peace for a number of days. The Centre’s choice to offer ‘Y’ class safety to a number of BJP leaders within the state angered him additional. It was seen as an indication of no confidence within the state’s law-and-order equipment.

National ambition: His critics additionally attribute the cut up to Nitish’s nationwide ambitions. “We thought he would gracefully exit from politics in 2025 when his time period ends. He could be 75 then. He maybe has greater plans. He is in no temper to exit,” a BJP leader said. The sense among some leaders is that he felt the BJP would ditch him and the JD(U) in 2025. His decision to snap ties with the BJP has automatically catapulted him to be a contender for the Prime Minister’s post, a leader said. “But whether or not he’ll actually change into a challenger to Modi, nobody is aware of,” one chief stated.

With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS


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