Denial of Rajya Sabha ticket to Junior Modi: Why the Nitish Kumar’s party says this is a huge ‘loss’ for Bihar?
PATNA: Nothing is predictable in politics. Also, it will be premature to jump to any conclusion on the basis of a single incident but coming close on the heels of an observation made by BJP parliamentarian Bhola Singh who likened the existing equation between Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his former deputy Sushil Kumar Modi as that of the relations between SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh, the sudden praise of junior Modi by the JD-U leaders has set tongues wagging in the state.
It all began after the ruling JD-U heaped praises on Modi for his “administration skills” and his “devotion for works” while expressing wonders and shock over not nominating the senior BJP leader to the Rajya Sabha.
“Bihar has suffered huge loss by way of denial of RS ticket to Modi. His nomination to the Upper House would have meant a ministerial berth for him in the Narendra Modi government which could have proved to be a boon for the state,” was how JD-U’s spokesperson Ajay Alok told the media yesterday.
“We all know about Modiji’s capabilities since he was a deputy CM in the previous NDA government headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar for eight years. He had successfully handled many departments,” he added.
Instead, the BJP gave ticket to a “mining mafia” who has as many as 28 cases registered against him, alleged the JD-U at a Press conference. Of the total 28 cases lodged against him, 16 are related to Forests and Environment, the party charged adding most of the cases were registered while Modi was heading the Forest and Environment department in the previous NDA government.
Political experts say heaping eloquent praises on Modi was just aimed at creating a rift in the BJP, already a “divided” house now with many factions now over-active, than thinking positively about Modi who has been very critical of Nitish.