After two days of silence over Chirag Paswan’s nice divide from Nitish Kumar, the BJP on Tuesday seemed to be out to over-compensate for the damage emotions of the five-time Chief Minister. The BJP’s senior-most chief Sushil Modi issued a clarification that aimed to place the younger Lok Janshakti Social gathering chief in his place. On the assembly with the media, he and two different key leaders of the get together insisted that Nitish Kumar will stay the NDA’s Chief Minister.
Between themselves, Sanjay Jayaswal, Sushil Modi and Bhupendra Yadav insisted 12 occasions on Nitish Kumar retaining his put up — flatly contradicting Chirag Paswan’s declare that after a victory, the Lok Janshakti Social gathering and the BJP would type a authorities collectively, reducing out Mr Kumar altogether.
This night, the lead was taken by state get together chief Sanjay Jaiswal, who mentioned ” the NDA chief in Bihar is Nitish Kumar and “solely those that settle for Nitish Kumar’s management in Bihar will keep within the NDA”.
“The BJP will make each effort to make him the Chief Minister. Nitish Kumar will turn into Chief Minister with three-fourth majority,” he added.
Sushil Modi took it a couple of steps additional.
Solely Nitish Kumar, he declared, would be the Chief Minister, “no matter often is the end result by way of numbers” — indicating that the association will maintain even when the JD(U) tally drops beneath the BJP’s numbers.
Mr Modi, who can be Mr Kumar’s deputy within the state authorities, mentioned Paswan Junior couldn’t have taken such a step if his father was round. Ram Vilas Paswan, 74, not too long ago had a coronary heart surgical procedure and is recuperating in hospital.
The assertion of Bhupendra Yadav was on the identical strains, indicating the BJP’s eagerness to placate the Chief Minister.
The statements of the BJP leaders come amid hypothesis within the JD(U) that Chirag Paswan’s rise up was tacitly backed by the highest management of the get together as a ruse to maintain Mr Kumar in verify. A lot of the hypothesis was triggered by the BJP’s extended silence on the younger chief’s public assaults on Nitish Kumar on a wide range of points and his get together’s eventual choice to go solo, however retain tis with the BJP.
Mr Kumar, who has additionally not commented on the problem up to now, on Tuesday mentioned it was unimaginable to please everybody, “nonetheless arduous you strive”. Whereas he didn’t title the LJP chief, his dig at Paswan Senior made the context clear.
“They (the Lok Janshakti Social gathering) had simply two MLAs and ask anybody how he (Ram Vilas Paswan) went to the Rajya Sabha with the assistance of the BJP and the Janata Dal United,” he mentioned.
Mr Paswan is but to reply to the BJP’s assertions. The chief, whose get together has pitched him strongly as a contender for the state’s prime job, mentioned in an open letter on Monday that the choice to dissociate with Nitish Kumar was “taken to not rule Bihar however to be proud”.
Earlier on Tuesday, in an interview with NDTV, he described his get together’s alliance with Nitish Kumar as a “compulsion”.
“He in a single day dumped RJD and Congress and came visiting to the NDA and have become Chief Minister once more. We had no selection. However we realized that Nitish Kumar saved engaged on his personal agenda and by no means listened to anybody,” mentioned Chirag Paswan, whose get together has cited ideological causes for the choice.