Finally, Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM for the fourth time after so many tantrums and allegations. No government dares to go against the people’s verdict in this country. Last week, we have seen that Modi was busy flirting with Sharad Pawar and on Saturday, he was seen with Mulayam and Laloo. This shows that Modi is one of them, who was lucky enough to beat a weak Congress party. Today, people have some credibility issues with him. Somewhere, on crucial issues, the grip of Modi has loosened. AAP has poured water on BJP’s master strategist plan, even the return of Nitish Kumar in Bihar as a CM has failed Shah’s strategy.
BJP’s foolproof plan to partition Janata Dal (United) (JD (U)) by putting rift between Nitish and Manjhi and keep Nitish Kumar away from CM post also failed. Earlier, Manjhi’s cabinet colleague and loyalist, Narendra Singh, said they had the support of 140 MLAs, but later on, they flopped and resigned. Manjhi resigned very late, he had to step down earlier to save his reputation and for party’s interest. Party has elevated him at the highest post, so he has to be thankful for that to the party instead of opening a bare sword against the high command.
A year ago, Nitish Kumar introduced himself as Bihar’s own development man. BJP, which was in alliance in the Bihar Government with JD (U), has supported him and its leaders quoting that Nitish Kumar can never do anything wrong. The media had renowned his development model, and number of books were written and published on Mr. Kumar. He has a credit of running one of the most trouble-free coalition governments. He is known for playing the caste card skillfully to be in good books. All equations went wrong, when he tended the ambition to become the prime minister of the country by opposing Modi as BJP’s PM candidate over 2002 Godhra riots. There began his fall. BJP and Modi supporters started negative campaigning against Nitish Kumar. This Bihar’s high statured leader fell to lows. Once again he restored his image and returned to his position. Meanwhile, he also went in political isolation, he had no ally, no friends to back him. The castes that backed him through two elections have started deserting him and his own party men don’t trust his leadership and expertise anymore. Influence of Narendra Modi killed him virtually but Delhi debacle has given confidence to small parties that Modi’s magic has evaporated.
Nitish is a seasoned politician and yesterday taken ought for the fourth time as the Chief Minister of Bihar. Previously, he was a Chief Minister of Bihar from 2005 to 2014 and served as a Minister in the Union Government of India. As a Chief Minister, he gained popularity by initiating a series of developmental and constructive activities including building of long-delayed bridges, re-laying roads that had ceased to exist, appointing over 100,000 school teachers, ensuring that doctors worked in primary health centers, and keeping crime in check. On May 17, 2014 he resigned, taking moral responsibility for his party’s poor performance in the 2014 general elections. However, he returned to office on Sunday.
Nitish Kumar participated in Jayprakash Narayan’s movement between 1974 and 1977, and was close to Satyendra Narayan Sinha, a prominent leader of the time. In 1980, Bihar assembly elections, Kumar stood from Harnaut, which had a strong presence of his fellow Kurmis. He was first elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1985 as an independent candidate. In 1987, he became the President of the Yuva Lok Dal. In 1989, he became the Secretary-General of the Janata Dal in Bihar. He was also elected to the 9th Lok Sabha in the same year. Nitish was aligned with Lalu Prasad Yadav for years before they parted ways and Samata Party came into existence in 1994.
In 2010, Nitish Kumar’s party swept back to power along with its allies (at that time), Bhartiya Janata Party. On 26 November 2010, Nitish Kumar took oath as a Chief Minister of Bihar. This was his second consecutive term as Chief Minister of Bihar. In a keenly fought contest, Nitish Kumar led JD(U)-BJP combine won with four-fifth majority. NDA won 206 seats while RJD won 22 seats. Not even a single party has won enough seats to represent the assembly as an opposition party, which requires at least 25 seats for eligibility. For the first time, electorates witnessed high turnout of women and young voters, while this was declared as the fairest election in Bihar, with no bloodshed or poll violence. Kumar resigned, taking the moral responsibility of his party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha election 2014 and Jitan Ram Manjhi took over.
Now, the mudslinging by rival politicians should stop. They had gone to the extent of humiliating Nitish Kumar. Frustrated, BJP workers even staged a protest in Patna against Nitish Kumar. They also burnt Kumar’s effigy and shouted slogans denouncing him. If somebody is out of power then they talk anything without thinking over it. I hope till election dates are announced, both ruling parties as well as opposition parties will behave decently. Anyway, Nitish Kumar may not be in BJP’s interest but definitely he is good for Bihar.
All the best Nitishji!