PATNA: Now that Bihar chief minister and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar has announced his party support to NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, the questions being doing the rounds in the political circles are whether it was his “spontaneous feelings” to support him or is it simply pressure politics.
Observers say it’s more a pressure politics than anything else given the recent developments on the Bihar’s political front as well as national front:
1. An ambitious politician that he is, Kumar wants himself to be projected as the PM candidate and his party has made it clear on many occasions but the Congress was not taking him seriously anyone.
2. This left Kumar hugely infuriated when the Congress did not include the JD-U in the secular alliance during the recent elections in UP, ultimately prompting the JD-U to withdraw from the contest.
3. It was Kumar who initiated the process for opposition unity when he met Sonia Gandhi on April 20 this year and advocated for unity among the opposition parties but reportedly didn’t get enough weight. What apparently shocked Kumar further was the statement by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in the media that the party will not back NDA’s presidential candidate even before the opposition’s meeting over the issue.
4. RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family has been in the thick of controversy for the past over a month over alleged land deals and this has certainly not gone down well within the masses. By taking an independent decision, Kumar now wants to present himself as an entirely different from his alliance partners despite being in the Grand Alliance.
5. JD-U’s move is also indicative of the fact that it is slowly cosying up to the BJP and keeps its chances open in the event of serious troubles with the Grand Alliance partners. Things are already getting difficult in the Grand Alliance for various reasons, including the rising cases of crime and corruption.