Outwitted by Congress, Nitish Now Plays Martyr - The New Indian Express

Outwitted by Congress, Nitish Now Plays Martyr

Published: 02nd Feb 2014 07:34:35 AM

With the indication of the formation of a new non-Congress and non-BJP political front, Nitish Kumar has made it clear that there is now no hope left over for his joining hands with the Congress with whom he was hobnobbing for last couple of years.

At the same time his arch political rival RJD supremo Lalu Yadav along with Ramvilas Paswan has declared that the alliance with Congress in Bihar is almost sealed and only announcement has to be made.

Outwitted by Congress just before the Lok Sabha poll, Nitish became the victim of his own politics as currently he is still exploring his new positioning in a changed political scenario.

Recently when he was not invited in the foundation-laying of the Aligarh Muslim University in Kishangunj, he lost his patience and in a blistering attack on Congress called its leader “kayar’ (cowards)” and slammed Rahul Gandhi’s outburst late last year publicly denouncing a controversial central government ordinance to convey his will to fight corruption. He termed it as mere “dikhawa” (farce) .  Nitish went ahead to make Congress responsible for the 1984 anti Sikh riots and 1989 Bhagalpur riots. In a angry reaction, senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Prem Chandra Mishra said, “Attacking Congress and its leaders in this way is not only unethical but also like testing patience of Congress. Nitish should not forget that his government’s existence depends upon the crucial support of four Congress MLAs.”

Peeved Nitish was quick on rebuttal saying that anyone is free to withdraw support and he may go ahead even calling a special session for this purpose. The recent incidents leaves no room for any doubt that the souring the relationship between the Congress and JD(U) has touched its nadir.

Senior RJD leader and party spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “Nitish was initially planning to join hands with Congress largely with an intention to win over minority voters and to isolate RJD in the state (Bihar), but RJD and Congress are tested allies and the whole move basically backfired and he himself became isolated in Bihar politics.”

Some observers are of the view that Nitish is exploring the opportunity to become political martyr to boost his declining popularity particularly after parting ways with BJP and some senior party leaders like Shivanand Tiwary have raised the banner of revolt.

“It is ridiculous. On the hand he is slamming Congress for being responsible for 1984 anti-Sikh riots and 1989 Bhagalpur riots and yet taking its support for the survival of his government,” said senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi . He further elaborated that it was Congress that rejected JDU offer for alliance. Notwithstanding initial hesitation of Rahul Gandhi, especially after the conviction of Lalu Prasad, the alliance with the RJD has virtually been sealed. Many analysts are of the view that it may prove a game-changer in Bihar.

Sources within the Congress said that Rahul Gandhi has slightly changed his stand on conviction of Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam case. It is now being argued that the tie up is being done between two parties—the Congress and RJD—and not individuals. After all, Lalu would automatically not be contesting it because of conviction. Despite worst political drabbing in last couple of elections the party vote percentage hovered around 20 per cent hardly three to four percent less than ruling JD(U) makes it apparently clear that Lalu’s social base to a great extent is still intact and he is capable of transferring his core voters in favour of its other allies as seen in 2004 when together Congress- RJD- LJP captured 29 out of 40 seats. In contrast JD(U) will be facing the weight of incumbency in Bihar. With the worsening law and order situation, public resentment is growing fast against the Nitish Kumar government. Though RJD did not contest with the Congress in 2009, it stood strongly behind the UPA and opposed the saffron brigade. In contrast, the JD(U)’s long association with the BJP can never be forgotten. Congress decision-makers came to the conclusion that they would get Muslim, backward classes and Dalit votes, by aligning with the RJD, rather than with the JD(U). The Congress leadership found Lalu much more flexible.

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I had almost an year back, as soon as NITISH started hobnobbing with THE GRAND OLD PARTY, wrote on these columns that he will be swallowed horizontally & will be made a sucker , who will be left high & dry after delinking him from BJP.,. Neither he will get any financial assistance or a tag of Backward state . Same thing now has become a reality. " DHOBHI KA GADHAA , NA GHAR KA , NA GHAAT KA.""" . This should be a lesson & eye opener for all party who hobnob with the self serving THE GRAN OLD PARTY. They did it with LALLU for a brief period, the dumped the COMMUNISTS , then D.M.K., ( is it love again)

Dear Ramaswamy, the proverb is 'dhobi ka kutta, ghar ka na ghat ka'. But I can understand why did you made him a 'gadha' rather than a 'kutta'. 'kutta' (dog) is known for its loyalty. Nitish and loyalty are not compatible.

Dear Ramaswamy, the proverb is 'dhobi ka kutta, ghar ka na ghat ka'. But I can understand why did you made him a 'gadha' rather than a 'kutta'. 'kutta' (dog) is known for its loyalty. Nitish and loyalty are not compatible. He neither loyal to his friends and allies nor to his voters. He his a power-seeker hypocrite, knows no scruples and is bereft of any principles.

Singh saab, Bravo!!! That was a good one. As long as Biharis can see through this game the end result will be in Nation's favour. Even with the type of parties coming together with the GOP, all of them will taste the defeat. Happy days are coming again, thumbs up.

Nitish has proved he is as stupid as Charan Singh was

Nitisah deserve this for ditching BJP in the name of pseudo secular politics

Unassailable-vote-bank-politics, based on castes & religions embedded in UP, Bihar, Haryana & other Northern states will be before all parties to do many calculations & recalculations- some kind of jig-jaw puzzle it is. "One block goes that side- balance it with this block etc etc". With over 150 seats from these regions alone,'as usual', castes/ religious vote-banks will become vital--No one can brush these aside- So, Lalu gets preference as he holds 'Yadav- Muslims cards' that could fetch solid 19 % ; Nitish is left with fewer castes to manipulate with as, BJP, its former partner, is cornering bulk of upper and specific OBCs. As usual, in any 4-cornered contests in our first-past-post-system, we will be facing same old story- That is, Coalitions unable to gather enough strength to form own Govt- We can very well expect those well-oiled 'tradings' to take place after May 2014. ( I won't use words to qualify it)'"If India's FATE is to be only that, let it be. It's beyond our control''.

Very well said. Wrong Groupism is the fault of Indians, and this is being well exploited by our Political masters

Mr.Keshav, why do you say as if the malady is only in Northern states. The southern states are worse than them even interfering in educational and service fields making the so called high caste by birth born people lives miserable. People like me whose parents escaped to north in Thirties can vouch this at all times.

Good analysis. Nitish despite all his good efforts failed to win Sonia- Rahul confidence. Now trying to lead third front where no other senior leaders would be ready to accept him as their leader.

It appears all of u critics hate Bihar's upward chant . At least me in my 57 years of life has not seen any chief minister of Bihar as dedicated and honest as Neetish kumar . This fact is more important seen in light of the percentage of tainted politicians in ministry of which a chief minister is leader . Can any one of u are aware of his wife , father , mother or son's names ? He never projected them for poliotical gains . Can u guess for how many hours does he sleep ? He promised road , he delivered . He promised power , he has almost succeeded . Which CM has so consistently attacked corrupt bureaucrats ? People of Bihar , whichever caste / religion they might belong , who are enchanted with the progress of Bihar ,will vote for him . Neetish Kumar's patriotic effort is visible . Other parties are trying to malign him by hook or crook .

Dear Sunil, first spell Nitish (not Neetish) Kumar properly before praising that loser.

Sorry for making your face turn red .By Neetish , I meant ISH of NEETI , who is stiff and sticks to his neeti . I hate pseudoenglish , who by distorted spellings change the wordmeanings also .

Dr.Jha the criticism is not of Mr.Nitish Kumar, who is still held in high esteem by people of all states. It is about his miscalculation and the consequent political moves which has not harvested for the state of Bihar the desired results. Congress as a party is how trustworthy is known to him. He gambled and lost. So on hindsight his moves seem to be totally wrong and pity is it is going to hurt a good political leader and unfortunately the State of Bihar too.

Thank u for synchronising with my opinion . I am not a politician nor a relative of Mr Nitish Kumar . But , u will agree to the point that while a few persons are guided by their heads , others are driven by their hearts . What led to the breakdown of JD U and BJP is not known to aam aadmi . There must be a major issue which could not be settled : may be high ambitions of Nitish Kumar ? Anybody can have high ambitions , isn't it ? If he does not have followers , he will automatically be sidelined . But for neutral public , he is busy in metamorphosing Bihar .

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