For Namaz, Nitish Kumar Cuts Trust Vote Speech To 12 Minutes

For Namaz, Nitish Kumar Cuts Trust Vote Speech To 12 Minutes

In politics, there are no permanent friends but only permanent interests.

In a discussion before a trust vote that he won easily today, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made a very short speech. However, Lalu's obstinacy forced him to get his whole party, including his son, out of the government.

Isn't Nitish Kumar an opportunist? Even in case of fodder scam, it was Modi, who, both as petitioner for CBI probe and a firebrand leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, never allowed Lalu to go off the hook.

Describing Nitish Kumar as "Bhasmasur", Lalu Prasad said, "I made him the Chief Minister despite my party being the single biggest party in the state". A large part of the blame for the debacle fell on Sushil Modi who, while easily the most prominent party leader, has always been resented by a powerful faction in the party.

In a scathing attack in the Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav questioned why Nitish Kumar had broken the RJD-JDU and Congress alliance and formed a government with the help of BJP legislators.

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Earlier, the JD-U and BJP issued whips to their legislators to support Nitish Kumar during the confidence vote. This T20 politics was brilliantly coordinated and precisely executed at such a blistering speed that in the end the RJD supremo Lalu Yadav was pushed into a corner, feeling like the rug was pulled from under his feet.

Only last week, India's Central Bureau of Investigation had conducted raids at the premises of Lalu and Misa in Delhi and Patna. Everything will now depend on the number of mistakes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP make in the next two years.

The RJD's participation in the coalition signalled at how intent Mr Kumar was on keeping the BJP out of power. Right before the crisis in the Bihar government came to a head, Kumar had distanced himself further from the Opposition at the Centre, by choosing not to back their candidate for the presidential polls, but supporting the National Democratic Alliance's nominee Ram Nath Kovind instead. Nitish was the sole challenger and PM Modi has neutralised him within 20 months of him coming to power. Then in 2015, Kumar aligned with RJD for 2015 state legislative assembly elections and BJP suffered its first defeat under the leadership of Narendra Modi. For the old Rashtriya Janata Dal war horse Lalu Yadav this, according to sources close to him, is the bugle for the 2019 general elections and the party has been set into motion to prepare accordingly.

The manner in which the alliance in Bihar had successfully stopped BJP had raised hopes in the opposition camp that this could be replicated nationally to thwart the Modi juggernaut.

"Nitish ji is sitting in the lap of BJP and RSS which has disappointed the people of Bihar". While their political compulsions led them to merge into a different formation, all of them nurtured a special place for BJP in their hearts, which was exhibited multiple times through their political decisions in the crucial timeline of the last two decades.

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