Patna: “What will be next move of Nitish”, this question has generated much heat not only in NDA where fight over seat sharing between its constituents is heading towards flash point but also in Grand Allinace as its main partners RJD and Congress are not in harmonious tone on step to be taken for his re-entry in their camp, if a ”frustrated” Nitish wishes to join them again.”
Speculations over next move of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in view of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, are running high in political circles ever since his party JD(U) made it clear that it was determined to play the role of big brother in NDA in Bihar as being played by BJP at national level.
The assertion of JD(U) indicated that party is inclined to contest more seats than BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections which did not go well among its leaders.
National General Secretary of JD(U) K C Tyagi emphasised on the need to to project Mr Kumar as the face of NDA in Bihar for next Lok Sabha elections but no such assurance was given by BJP leaders.
In fact, some BJP leaders said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the only face of NDA across the nation and also in states including Bihar.
Senior BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi tried to douse the fire saying Mr Kumar was the Chief Minister and his party JD(U) had more MLAs than that of BJP, so it would be natural to say that JD(U) was the
elder brother in NDA in Bihar. Mr Kumar was elder to him in age, so where was the question of not accepting him as his elder brother, he had remarked.
A senior BJP leader said the party would contest on all its 22 sitting seats in Bihar prompting JD(U) spokesman Sanjay Singh to remark that BJP was free to contest all 40 seats in Lok Sabha elections in Bihar if it did not need any ally.
LJP and RLSP, the other two constituents in NDA had also dropped much hint that both the parties would not leave their sitting 6 and 3 seats respectively.
They also suggested that BJP should show large heart to accommodate the claim of JD(U), if it thought proper.