JDU-BJP alliance: A coalition that caused the personal defeat of Nitish Kumar
It doesn’t matter whether JDU-BJP decided to come together or break the alliance, time will be tougher for Nitish Kumar in the future.
As the general election is coming near, the eagerness of forming or breaking alliance is not uncommon however some are in a stage of confusion and still hope for something good. The JDU-BJP alliance has the same story, in short, we can say a love story with conflict relationship where they forced to stay together despite having the inner dispute. It is not uncommon in politics to change the party or allies, and there is nothing wrong with it because of the changing ideologies which they (politicians) say while jumping from one to another. However, things are not easy for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to break up with the allies as the situation would be worse for him. His ambition to become the PM is not fade away whereas at the same time the struggle to keep the CM post makes his situation a bit difficult. The NIT alumnus manages to serve as the CM for two times as the second term he will complete for sure even though his ongoing fight with BJP which both are trying to keep away from the voters’ eye could have a long-term effect for him and his party JDU.
From Railway Minister to Chief Minister, everytime destiny has something for him sure, and he continues his journey as a prominent face of Bihar who can influence both state and center politics.
Started his political career under Jay Prakash Narayan and an avid follower of socialism, during his initial time, he was close to then Bihar Chief Minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha. Even though he is now struggling to keep his position ahead of BJP and Modi, he knows how to stay in power despite having the tough competition from both rivals and allies. From 1977 to 1998 he was active in both state and center as well, but his real journey started from 1998, and from then he never looks back. From Railway Minister to Chief Minister, everytime destiny has something for him sure, and he continues his journey as a prominent face of Bihar who can influence both state and center politics. However, his ambition to become Prime Minister caused a personal conflict between Modi and him which became ugly before the 2014 General Election and to save his secular image he cut all the tie with BJP. Though he continued as a CM till the election, his party failed miserably in 2014 election by winning just 2 seats, and he resigned by taking the moral responsibilities of the defeat.
A person who left the hand of NDA by citing that a so-called communal face should not be the PM candidate again decided to form the alliance with him.
Be it BJP’s overconfidence or his luck or performance as a CM or the Congress/RJD/JDU strategy or we can say all, he managed to assume the office for the second term. This time things had become tough him day by day, from corruption charges against Lalu and his family to political pressure from rival BJP where they continued their criticism against him regarding the Grand Alliance with a party whose supremo has been found guilty in corruption, he forced to resign again. Be it the opportunity to win the General election or his moral policy, or the rising pressure from RJD to get more share in power, Nitish Kumar chose to come back with the old partner NDA. A person who left the hand of NDA by citing that a so-called communal face should not be the PM candidate again decided to form the alliance with him.
Even though he came back as a CM but this time he gave an opportunity to BJP to suppress him, and the party doesn’t want to leave a chance to emerge within Bihar without the support of JDU. The situation will be like fighting against the same rival but at the same time to prove themselves best without thinking about the opportunity they are creating for the opposition. The failure to control the communal violence raised the question about his ability and his secular image where he became helpless even though he wanted to take tough actions. Here BJP tries his every bit to suppress the allies JDU indirectly using Modi as a prime face which again causes a rift between two parties, and his stern warning to take strong action against communal violence was just an example. Currently, the party is not in a position to go against or in favor of BJP, and the recent announcement clearly shows it. JDU carefully crafted its election plan and decided to contest independently in four states, and his indirect warning to BJP for its ignorance indicates that all is not well. For the sake of alliance, he can’t open against BJP nor RJD as post-election would be different and Grand Alliance is still waiting for him.
Whatever the result may be one thing for sure that the cold war against BJP will damage JDU, and whether BJP lead NDA government win or lose in the upcoming General election, Nitish Kumar is bounded to bear the loss for him and his party for sure. In one sentence this is a personal defeat of his political career.