New Delhi: The Opposition forces throughout India received a serious shot within the arm with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar snapping ties with the BJP on Tuesday.
With Trinamul Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee reeling underneath a money rip-off scandal, Mr Kumar is all set to emerge because the Opposition’s “face” for the 2024 basic election.
A CPI(M) chief claimed that, not like Ms Banerjee, Mr Kumar has a “pan-India picture”. Whereas Ms Banerjee has been struggling to increase her affect outdoors West Bengal, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Kumar “is the one chief who has the power to affect” politics within the Hindi heartland. As for caste-based electoral politics, each Mr Kumar and Mr Modi belong to the OBC class. And though he was an ally of the BJP, Mr Kumar has in some way managed to largely avoid Hindutva politics and has been tender on the minority neighborhood in Bihar. He apparently enjoys the assist of Bihar’s Pasmanda Muslims as effectively.
Mr Kumar can also be a serious draw for the Opposition leaders due to his “clear picture”. A JD(U) chief famous that Mr Kumar is “maybe the one non-BJP chief with no corruption prices in opposition to him”.
It’s also felt that, not like Ms Banerjee, the JD(U) chief was a “extra dependable ally” and acceptable to all of the non-Congress and non-BJP outfits, notably the Left events. Subsequently a “Mahagathbandhan” of the JD(U), RJD, Samajwadi Get together and Left events might counter the BJP’s politics of social engineering and muscular nationalism within the BJP’s key bastion — the Hindi heartland, an Opposition chief felt.
In addition to his “clear picture”. The Opposition events may also financial institution on Mr Kumar’s observe report of “good governance”. In Bihar, Mr Kumar has gained numerous recognition for ushering in “improvement” throughout the state and this may occasionally maintain “foreign money” on the nationwide stage, a JD(U) chief noticed.
It was additionally being felt that though the BJP is the second largest get together within the state, with 77 MLAs after RJD with 79 seats, it was Mr Kumar’s picture which went on to “assist” the NDA alliance throughout the 2020 Bihar Meeting elections. The JD(U) had managed to win solely 45 Meeting seats.
No matter Mr Kumar’s latest disenchantment with the BJP, sources stated that the JD(U) chief had “at all times been nurturing his ambition” to be on the helm of nationwide politics. In 2015, Mr Kumar left the BJP and fashioned the Grand Alliance. Your entire Opposition had began him because the face to problem Mr Modi. However then, on the final second, Mr Kumar walked out of the Grand Alliance to return to the saffron fold.
After the 2020 state elections, the BJP began calling the pictures and the chief minister apparently felt “slighted” on many events. The BJP additionally broke the JD(U) in Nagaland and merged its MLAs with the BJP. JD(U) sources stated that over the previous few months, Mr Kumar had not solely opened a again channel with the RJD however was additionally in contact with different Opposition leaders, notably Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
As for the electoral arithmetic, the JD(U) has models in over 26 states and has fought Meeting elections in Karnataka and Gujarat with none tie-ups with the BJP. The JD(U) has been working to increase and strengthen its state models, in line with a celebration chief. Get together sources revealed that Mr Kumar’s first and main impediment in rising as a nationwide “face” was the RJD. Nevertheless, “now that he has crossed the hurdle”, Mr Kumar will start his parleys with different regional gamers.