There is a lot of curiosity about two questions in every political forum in Bihar. The first is, which is better: the Yogi model or Nitish’s rule model? Second, how long will Nitish Kumar lead the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar?
No one is sure about the answer, and it has started a seemingly endless political line.
After the stunning and record-breaking electoral victory of Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh as the current Chief Minister, the Bihar unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party began to assert itself on issues related to governance and law and order.
BJP is making Nitish Kumar difficult
First, Deputy Chief Minister Tarakishore Prasad, who is believed to have been chosen by BJP leader Sushil Modi, started a row.
Prasad was the first to point a finger at his government, accusing it of failing to curb rising crime in Bihar.
The BJP leader, who generally prefers to have a low profile, asked the government to replicate the Yogi model to curb crime and bring much-needed development to the state.
A few days later, however, Tarakishore retracted his earlier statement and praised Nitish for maintaining law and order in the state.
Not just Tarakishore Prasad. BJP leaders have also objected to Nitish Kumar, who holds the most important home portfolio in Bihar besides the chief minister, with a small political status.
But how long is Nitish’s courage?
No doubt Nitish Kumar publicly avoided attacking the BJP, but it is clear that the Janata Dal (United) and the state units of the BJP are bent on hell to test the nerves of the top leadership.
JD (U) state president Umesh Kushwaha said in response to Tarkishore Prasad’s remarks that when someone like Prime Minister Narendra Modi praises Nitish Kumar for his work and his personality, nothing remains to be explained.
Kushwaha maintained that under Nitish Kumar, the law and order situation in the state had improved manifold. Many of the policies implemented by his government have been replicated by the Center and implemented in other states, he said.
Prime Minister Modi congratulated Nitish on being a true socialist
Political experts believe that as long as the exchange of arguments is confined to Patna, the BJP’s central leadership will not bother with the response.
On February 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Nitish Kumar as the only tall socialist leader in the country and equated him with Ram Manohar Lohia and George Fernandez, who never allowed the dynasty to take control of the party.
Recently, Bihar Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha and the Chief Minister had a heated argument in the Assembly, but soon the top leaders of the alliance put out the fire.
Nitish is a normal leader, the state BJP has reiterated
Nitish Kumar and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly were seen sharing food and exchanging views in the next chamber. Senior leaders of both JD (U) and BJP were present.
With the unification of three MLAs from the developing Insan Party (VIP), the BJP has emerged as the largest party in the assembly with 77 seats, while the JD (U) remains in the third slot with 45 seats.
BJP state unit chief Sanjay Jaiswal, who was critical of Nitish Kumar’s leadership, reiterated that the JD (U) leader would lead the alliance till 2025.
In the midst of discussions on Nitish Kumar’s political rise, which he has vehemently denied, state BJP and JD (U) leaders continue to make business allegations against each other.
Will this political slogfest end soon or will instability on both sides continue?
So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange.
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