Row Over Nitish Kumar’s “Captaincy” Leaves BJP A Divided House In Bihar

Nitish Kumar (left) and Sushil Kumar Modi.


There appear to be severe variations within the Bihar BJP over the trail to subsequent 12 months’s meeting elections. Regardless of a full-throated endorsement by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will lead the BJP-Janata Dal United alliance to the polls, voices of dissent have solely firmed up in the previous few weeks.

Normally, an announcement from Mr Modi – one the BJP’s most senior leaders within the state – would have ended the dialogue however this time many within the social gathering – from veterans like Dr CP Thakur to first time legislators – have made their variations public.

On Wednesday, after his return from a go to to Mongolia and earlier than driving as much as the Chief Minister’s for a gathering, Mr Modi ensured that his tweet backing Nitish Kumar reached each media outlet.

@NitishKumar is the Captain of NDA in Bihar & will stay its Captain in subsequent meeting elections in 2020 additionally.When Captain is hitting four & 6 & defeating rivals by inning the place is the Q of any change.

— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) September 11, 2019

After the assembly, he even summoned Sanjay Paswan, a member of the legislative council from the BJP, who triggered the controversy by saying Nitish Kumar ought to now bow out of Bihar politics and advised him to chorus from making such statements.

Nonetheless, it was not lengthy after that Mithilesh Tiwari, a first-time legislator, overtly challenged Mr Modi, saying his statements have been his private view and never that of the social gathering.

Senior Rajya Sabha MP Dr C P Thakur additionally appeared to exhibit his variations with the Deputy Chief Minister, saying that the state elections due late subsequent 12 months can be fought within the identify of Prime Minster Narendra Modi solely.

In the meantime, seemingly unaffected by the education, Sanjay Paswan on his go to to Delhi rushed to Union Minister Giriraj Singh and ensured the 2 have been clicked collectively and the photograph was splashed on social media.

Giriraj Singh, the lawmaker from Bihar’s Begusarai recognized for his resilience within the face of controversies triggered by his coarse statements, has cultivated a picture of somebody who by no means misses an opportunity to embarrass both Nitish Kumar or Sushil Modi.

His help has undoubtedly emboldened many inside the BJP to thrown an open problem to leaders like Sushil Modi and Nand Kishore Yadav who imagine that ditching Nitish Kumar can be politically suicidal.

Though BJP chief and Union Residence Minister Amit Shah has avoided taking a facet, throughout parliamentary elections he had briefly spoken his thoughts when he stated parting methods with Nitish Kumar would imply him teaming up with Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal or RJD, turning the caste arithmetic in opposition to the BJP.

Nitish Kumar is already being actively wooed by the RJD. Two of its senior-most leaders Shivanand Tiwari and Raghubansh Prasad Singh, who was very essential of Nitish Kumar, have now publicly urged him to return to the opposition alliance.

Sources near Nitish Kumar counsel he’s conscious that though they’re allies proper now, nothing may be taken with no consideration with the BJP, and is alleged to be watching the occasions unfold very intently.

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