Outwitted by the Congress, Nitish Now Plays a Martyr
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 grand old party with whom he was hobnobbing for last couple of years.
At the same time his arch political rival RJD chief Lalu Prasad along with LJP president Ramvilas Paswan has declared that the alliance with the Congress in Bihar is almost sealed and only announcement has to be made. Outwitted by the 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 for the foundation-stone laying ceremony of the Aligarh Muslim University in Kishangunj, he lost his patience and in a blistering attack on the Congress called its leader ‘kayar’ (cowards) and slammed Rahul Gandhi’s outburst late last year for publicly denouncing a controversial Central Government ordinance to convey his will to fight corruption.
In a angry reaction, senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Prem Chandra Mishra said, “Nitish should not forget that his government’s existence depends upon the crucial support of four Congress MLAs.” Nitish was quick on rebuttal saying that anyone is free to withdraw support.
Senior RJD leader and party spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “Nitish was initially planning to join hands with the Congress largely with an intention to win over minority voters and to isolate the RJD in the state (Bihar), but the RJD and the Congress are tested allies and the whole move basically backfired and he himself became isolated in Bihar politics.”
“It is ridiculous. On one hand he is slamming the Congress for being responsible for 1984 anti-Sikh riots and 1989 Bhagalpur riots and yet taking its support for the survival of his government,” senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said. He also said that it was the Congress that rejected the JD(U) offer for alliance.
Despite worst political drabbing in last couple of elections, the party vote hovered around 20 per cent -- hardly three to four per cent less than the ruling JD(U) making it clear that Lalu’s social base to a great extent is still intact and is capable of transferring his core voters in favour of its allies as seen in 2004 when together the Congress- RJD- LJP captured 29 out of 40 seats. The JD(U) would be facing the weight of incumbency in Bihar. The Congress has come to the conclusion that they would get Muslim, backward classes and Dalit votes, by aligning with the RJD.