Bihar’s political unrest is expected to continue as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is expected to re-join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which he abandoned in 2022 in order to create a “Mahagathbandhan” with the opposition.
There has been talk of an alliance rupture between Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in Bihar, according to a number of NDA stalwarts, including former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
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In addition, Jitan Ram Manjhi, the chief of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), predicted that the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) administration in power would not endure for long.
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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi said yesterday that relations between the JDU, led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and his erstwhile ally, the BJP, may be restored if necessary.
Upendra Kushwaha, the president of Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal (RLJD), stated on Friday that there are sufficient signs to suggest that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is uneasy and uneasy within the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) and that the leader of the JDU may be considering leaving the group.
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Additionally, Chirag Paswan, the chairman of the Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas), stated that there is agitation in the state and that it would take some time to determine whether the JDU, led by Nitish Kumar, will realign with the NDA, led by the BJP.
The top ten updates on events in Bihar are as follows:
The RJD leader and deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, did not attend the Republic Day celebrations at Raj Bhavan on Friday, where Nitish Kumar was present. In the procession that was soon held in Patna, the two did not speak to one another.
In response to rumors that he is in talks to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) with the BJP, Kumar has been urged by the RJD to clarify his position.
Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, stated that if Kumar sticks with the INDIA bloc of the opposition, he could end up as prime minister.
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PTI was informed by the JD(U) that while the party remains committed to the Opposition bloc, it would urge the Congress to reflect on the alliance and seat distribution.
At a function celebrating Karpoori Thakur's 100th birthday earlier this week, Nitish Kumar brought up the subject of dynasty politics, which caused a rift within the Bihar alliance. Roshni Acharya, the daughter of Lalu Yadav, soon published a mysterious post on X. According to the BJP, she referred to Kumar as "badtameez".
Kumar has also expressed his distress over the way the INDIA coalition was going; he was not given the opportunity to be convenor until last month, at which point he declined it.
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While continuing to be critical of the “delay” in reaching a seat-sharing agreement, Kumar has insisted that he has “no personal ambitions”.
Concurrently, the RJD has slated its parliamentarians’ gathering for this Saturday, and the JD(U) has set their meeting for this Sunday.
A glimpse into Nitish Kumar’s political past: In coalition with the BJP, Nitish Kumar initially formed a government in 2005. After severing relations in 2013, he ran unopposed in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and in coalition with the RJD in the 2015 assembly elections. 2017 saw his comeback to NDA. As part of the BJP-led alliance, Kumar’s JD(U) ran in the 2020 Bihar elections as well as the 2019 national elections. However, Kumar left the NDA in 2022 in order to reorganize the government with the Left, RJD, and Congress.
Regarding the current state of the Bihar assembly, the NDA has 82 members and the JD(U) has 45 in the 243-member assembly. There are 114 legislators from the RJD, Congress, and Left parties. With 79 MLAs, the RJD is the single largest party. 122 seats are needed to establish a government in Bihar.