March 28, 2017

Nitish Kumar might join NDA again.

Nitish Kumar might join NDA again.

Fed up with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister and JDU president Nitish Kumar is said to have opened “channels” with the BJP to explore “options”. At present, Nitish Kumar is heading a coalition government of JDU, RJD and Congress in Bihar. Though nobody is saying it officially, The Sunday Guardian has learnt from reliable sources that a senior JDU leader, who is a doctor by profession, is “hobnobbing” with BJP leaders in New Delhi in order to work out a “reunion”. His father is also a well-known doctor in Patna and had contested the Lok Sabha elections from Patna Sahib. Since I happen to be a voter from the Patna Sahib Constituency, let me tell you who these leaders are. The report most probably talks about Dr. Ajay Alok, spokesperson of JD(U) whose father Padma Shri Dr. Gopal Prasad Sinha is arguably the most famous neurologist in Bihar. He unsuccessfully contested in 2014 General elections from the Patna Sahib constituency under the Janata Dal (United) candidacy, against the incumbent MP, Shatrughan Sinha.

The report further states that JD(U) toned down its hostile attitude against PM Modi and BJP at large which is perceptible from difference in the tone of JD(U) spokespersons. Ajay Alok happens to be one, himself. BJP too has been receptive towards JDU’s friendly advances and has indicated warmth for Nitish Kumar and JDU. JDU leaders Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav and Harivansh were inducted in the 149-member national-level committee to celebrate Jan Sangh founder, Deendayal Upadhyay’s birth centenary. This is quite interesting as Nitish Kumar was rooting for “Sangh Mukt Bharat” some time back. In the month of August 2016, Bhagalpur MP Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal of the RJD had “suggested” that Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu’s younger son and Bihar Deputy CM should be made the CM of Bihar by next year. This statement was significant because of three reasons. Firstly, Bulo Mandal is a close confidante of the Yadav family. Secondly, that was the second time in a week that Mandal made the same recommendation. And thirdly it could have been a part of a strategy to gauge the public mood as Party Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was convening a meeting of existing and former party MPs and MLAs in Patna on 30 August.

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