Nitish Kumar’s Future: Bihar’s Political Storm Summarized In 10 Sections

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Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav during the distribution of appointment letters to the newly-recruited teachers, at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_13_2024_000192B)
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The Political Journey of Nitish Kumar: A Series of Events

In the constantly evolving political landscape of India, Nitish Kumar has been a prominent player since 2013. He has alternated alliances between the BJP, Congress, and Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, earning him the nickname ‘Paltu Ram’. After disassociating from the BJP in 2022, he took on a significant task: to unify the opposition in order to provide a solid front against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling party in the imminent 2024 elections.

Speculations Regarding Potential Realignment

Rumors of Nitish Kumar’s likely political switch resurfaced when the BJP chose to bestow the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, to former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur. Thakur, having served twice as the Chief Minister in the 1970s, is particularly remembered for enforcing the contentious alcohol prohibition policy in the state. The late leader, affectionately known as ‘Jan Nayak’ or ‘leader of the people’, continues to hold considerable value in the current political arena.

Signs of Dissension: Visiting the Governor Without Tejashwi Yadav

Another incident implying potential political unrest within the party involved Nitish Kumar’s visit to the Bihar Governor during Republic Day. Notably, he was not accompanied by his deputy Tejashwi Yadav, hinting at possible disagreement within the Janata Dal (United), and Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Former Deputy Chief Minister’s Statement Creates Buzz

Adding another dimension to this development, Nitish Kumar’s ex-Deputy Chief Minister and current BJP leader, Sushil Kumar Modi, made an intriguing statement stating, “No door is closed in politics. The door can be opened if needed.” This utterance has further fueled the speculation surrounding Nitish Kumar’s next move.

Resistance in Opposition for Nitish Kumar as Convenor?

Insiders point out that the January 13 INDIA alliance meeting was a game-changer for Nitish Kumar. His name was proposed as Convenor by CPM Leader Sitaram Yechury and was supported by an overwhelming majority. Ironically, the only objection came from Rahul Gandhi who suggested a delay in decision making due to reservations held by Trinamool Congress leader and Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, regarding Nitish Kumar’s appointment for the role.

Bihar Witnesses a Series of Significant Changes

In a recent development, Bihar has seen a series of activities that point towards an apparent political shift; rumors are rife that Nitish Kumar might step away from the now-floundering Congress-led INDIA opposition bloc. The Bihar government recently transferred as many as 79 Indian Police Service (IPS) and 45 Bihar Administrative Service (BAS) officers.

Could There be a BJP-Nitish Kumar Alliance?

Fanning the flames of speculation, the BJP decided to convene a meeting in order to discuss strategies for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. This has led many to speculate a potential alliance with Nitish Kumar. Although state unit chief Samrat Choudhary has played down such claims, unnamed sources have hinted at ongoing behind-the-scenes discussions.

Opposition Meetings Amidst Political Changes

Amidst these possible political shifts, both the Congress and RJD have decided to arrange meetings with their respective legislators. However, there seems to be a divide, with Congress denying any correlation to the current political climate and insisting that the meeting is scheduled to deliberate on the preparations for Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’.

Nitish Kumar’s Upcoming Decision

News from our source, Reader Wall, suggests that Nitish Kumar has set a meeting with the legislature party at 10 am on Sunday. It is speculated that he may announce his alliance and stake a claim for the Chief Minister post for an unmatched ninth time, backed by the BJP.


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