oppn parties Will Nitish Kumar Walk Out Of The Alliance With The BJP?

News Snippets

  • PFI's political wing, the SDPI is on EC radar and action will follow soon if discrepancies are detected
  • Ashok Gehlot to meet Sonia Gandhi today, says all issues will be sorted out soon
  • Referring to the PFI ban, most Muslim organizations ask the government to take similar action against right wings organizations like the RSS, Bajrang Dal, VHP and the like
  • The banned Popular Front of India has said that it has dissolved all its units and abides by the decision of the government
  • Calcutta HC directed all illegal appointees in government schools (in the SSC scam) to resign by November 7 or face punishment
  • Senior advocate R Venkataramani has been appointed the next Attorney General after incumbent K K Venugopal's term ends on september 30
  • Calcutta HC says the Duare (doorstep) ration scheme of Bengal government is illegal
  • Vodafone-Idea warned by tower companies to clear dues or face blocking of signals from November
  • Rupee ends at 81.94 per dollar
  • Stocks tumble again on Wednesday: Sensex loses 509 points to 56598 and Nifty 148 points to 16858
  • India beats South Africa by 8 wickets in the first T20, Bowlers restrict the Africans to just 106 and then K L Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav take India home. Kolhi fails again
  • Another round of raids was conducted across India against the PFI: 250 persons were arrested
  • The National Medical Commission had issued guidelines that hair transplants will henceforth be done only in proper hostipals by trained RMPs and not in the thousandsof hair clinics that are mushrooming all over the country
  • This years' Dadasaheb Phalke award will be conferred upon Asha Parekh
  • In a setback to the Uddhav Thackeray faction, the Supreme Court left it to the Election Commission to decide which faction was the 'real' Shiv Sena
In a landmark order, Supreme Court rules that all women, married or unmarried, are entitled to safe and legal abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy as per the MTP Act
oppn parties
Will Nitish Kumar Walk Out Of The Alliance With The BJP?

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2022-08-08 14:14:18

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator.

If one were to use the two-liners used during elections in Bihar, the latest tiff between the alliance partners - the JD(U) and the BJP - can be best summed up as "RCP Singh to bahana hai, JD(U) ko bus jaana hai". The JD(U), it seems, has made up its mind to leave the alliance with the BJP. Hence, it is using former Union minister RCP Singh's exit as an excuse and saying that the BJP is trying to repeat the Chirag model once again. But the party has always perceived Singh as Amit Shah's man and that is why it did not extend his Rajya Sabha term which forced him to resign from the Union cabinet.

JD(U) chief Lalan Singh had yesterday said that RCP Singh's exit had shades of the conspiracy the BJP allegedly hatched in 2020 assembly elections by using Chirag Paswan as a result of which the JD(U) seats went down drastically. The party has taken it as an affront and has launched an all out attack on the BJP. The relations between the two alliance partners, already on the edge for the last couple of months, have now reportedly inched towards the point of no return.

Nitish Kumar is reportedly so miffed with the BJP, more so after the way it split the Shiv Sena, that he is wary of an Operation Lotus in Bihar. He knows that as of now, he has enough numbers to leave the alliance with the BJP and form another one with Tejasvi Yadav's RJD and the Congress. Their combined strength will give them a majority. But if the BJP manages to split the JD(U), the numbers will go down and it will not be possible for him to remain chief minister.

That is why Nitish has called a meeting of all his party legislators on Tuesday and he is expected to announce his next step. Kumar knows that to keep the flock together, he needs to have majority and remain in government. The lure of office is the best carrot to keep MLAs together. If he has had back channel talks with the RJD and the Congress (which he must have otherwise he would not have been so belligerent), Kumar will most likely end his alliance with the BJP tomorrow.