Bihar’s deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday brushed aside former Union minister and a member of the Bihar legislative council Sanjay Paswan’s proposal that chief minister Nitish Kumarshould make way for a leader from the saffron party to head to the state authorities.
“@NitishKumar is the Captain of NDA in Bihar & will stay its Captain in next assembly elections in 2020 also. When Captain is hitting 6 & 4 & beating rivals by inning where is the Q of any change.”
Paswan had ruffled the Janata Dal (United), the BJP’s coalition partner and ally with his proposal on Monday.
The BJP’s spokesperson in Bihar, Nikhil Anand also stated that the party has formed the government under Nitish Kumar’s leadership to the development of the state. “There is not any dispute or question on the conclusion of the central leadership. Airing public opinion or personal perspectives is entirely distinct from official stand of the party,” he said.
In July, the BJP issued a notice to another party MLC Sachidanad Rai for his statements against Kumar as to why disciplinary action shouldn’t be taken against him for undermining the sanctity of NDA alliance.
On Monday, Paswan said that Kumar”should now concentrate on central politics as individuals support PM Narendra Modi’s conclusions and vote for him rather than for Nitish model.” JD (U) national general secretary Shyam Rajak hit back strongly and termed BJP MLC’s announcement as’faltu (useless)’ and stated that the PM on document praised Kumar’s social and developmental initiatives.
However, the JD (U)-BJP spat gave resistance RJD the chance to dare the chief minister to”contradict” the message that BJP leaders were attempting to communicate by-reopening the chief ministerial debate.
Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, in a tweet, asked”Is isn’t true that honourable Nitish Kumar got votes from the title of PM Modi without discharging his party’s manifesto and got 16 of his party leaders elected as MPs on BJP manifesto (from the 2019 Lok Sabha poll)…Is it not true that he was supporting the BJP on each Bill? . .then how come he’s different.”
The standoff between the two major constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is new and has been on the upswing ever since Kumar turned down”one chair provide” for joining the Union cabinet stating that he favoured proportionate representation and wasn’t interested in getting”symbolic existence”.
In a different face-off, the BJP’s top leadership had to step into diffuse Giriraj Singh’s statement against Nitish Kumar attending an iftar following the 2019 LS polls from snowballing into a showdown.
While Sanjay Paswan’s announcement marks the most recent skirmish between the two parties, no BJP leader in Bihar was prepared to say anything on record prior to assessing the extent of the fallout, although party sources state the announcement does amount to an attack on the alliance and the ministry.
Moreover, Paswan doesn’t fall in the class of habitual offender (in relation to crossing the party line) and his call to Kumar for reciprocating BJP gesture (of entrusting his CM’s post for 15 years) can at best be categorized as his personal stand.
And still, the party’s growing confidence to carry forward its agenda and the goal to emerge as the single largest party in the 2020 state assembly elections indicate that the days of”double engine” government is forecasted, said a BJP leader that not inclined to be named.
“BJP workers nurse a fantasy to have a BJP led government for turning around the fortunes of this nation,” he said.