PATNA: Nitish Kumar who switched sides in a sudden turn of events on Wednesday to join the new company of his arch-rival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now gone on blaming his erstwhile ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad for forcing him to quit the ruling grand alliance.
He claims the RJD did constantly ignore his zero tolerance on corruption. The million dolor question now being hotly debated in the political circles is if the split was really sudden?
Available evidences say the split didn’t take place all of a sudden; rather it was part of a well thought-out political strategy foundation of which was laid during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Patna to attend a function marking the concluding ceremony of 350th Prakash Parva in the first week of January this year.
It was during the occasion that the estranged partners first came together, sat side by side on the dais and then heaped praises on each other. While the PM lauded the chief minister for enforcing total prohibition in Bihar, the latter hailed the former for launching demonetization drive. Thus started the love-affairs between the two which later got manifested in various forms.
The very next week, the JD-U headed by the chief minister extended invitations to the BJP friends for “dahi-chura” (curd and flattened rice) feast during Makar sankranti for the first time after it broke alliance with the saffron partner in June 2013. The move was strongly objected to by the Congress although the JD-U called it as a “goodwill gesture”.
The secular alliance leaders again got suspicious about him when Kumar skipped the lunch party thrown by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at his residence in Delhi in May this year citing “busy official schedule” but he joined the feast hosted by the Prime Minister the very next day! The feast had been hosted by the PM at Hyderabad House in Delhi in honour of visiting Mauritian PM Prabind Jugnauth.
His love for the BJP eventually got fully exposed when the chief minister suddenly announced his support to NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and also rushed to the Raj Bhawan congratulate him on his candidature.
The JD-U dropped further hints about being in touch with the BJP when its spokesman KC Tyagi, during the recent verbal spat between his partners, said “they found themselves more comfortable with the BJP”.
Prior to that, he was already in loop when the chief minister supported surgical strike and demonetization drive of the Narendra Modi government against his allies, RJD and the Congress.
“It was a fixed match and we were well aware of the entire drama going on for the past six month but didn’t act or that that would have given the impression that we forced them to quit the alliance. Instead, we watched all these patiently and allowed him to walk out on his own,” alleged RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
He said the CBI case against him and his son, deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav was registered at the behest of Nitish Kumar who was afraid of growing popularity of his son.
He also held the chief minister responsible for the CBI raids on his residence earlier this month and expressed shock over the way Kumar despite being his ally didn’t even express even sympathy at the time of crisis.
“He stabbed in the back of the poor, dalit and minority class voters who gave him huge mandate in the elections,” alleged Prasad.
Image Caption: The featured image relates to the Prakash Parva event at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan during which arch rivals Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar were first seen sharing cordial relations in public and not displaying any unease. This was stated to be the foundation-stone of their relative which culminated in fresh alliance between BJP and JD-U.