Bihar: Nitish Kumar has called for a meeting of all party MPs and MLAs a day after he met his deputy – Tarkishor Prasad of the BJP.
Weeks after Maharashtra’s state politics captured the nation’s attention, Bihar is now in focus in the midst of buzz over tensions brewing between the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) and the BJP. A key meeting of all party MPs and MLAs has been called by the chief minister on Tuesday morning. The opposition, meanwhile, is sending out signals that it is ready to embrace Kumar if he decides to quit the NDA coalition in the state.
Here are top ten points on the current political drama brewing in Bihar:
1. Nitish Kumar’s absence from the NITI Aayog meeting on Sunday, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggested that ties between the ruling coalition partners in the state were getting strained. This was said to be the third government meeting that Kumar had skipped in the recent past. On the same day, however, Kumar was attending other events in Bihar.
2. On Monday, Nitish Kumar briefly met his deputy Tarkishore Prasad of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
3. Ahead of Tuesday’s huddle, Upendra Kushwaha of the JD(U) was quoted as saying by news agency ANI: “Everything is fine in the NDA alliance. Today we are not making any claim but Nitish Kumar has all the qualifications to become the Prime Minister.”
4. Tensions escalated over the weekend as senior leader RCP Singh quit the JD(U) amid corruption allegations. Post the resignation, came the party’s announcement that it would no longer have a representation in the union council of ministers. “We stick to our stand of 2019 when, after the Lok Sabha polls, we had decided not to join the government at the Centre,” JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh – aka Lalan Singh – told reporters on Sunday.
5. On Monday, he was quoted as saying by ANI: “I read in the newspapers that RCP Singh has said that he was told by Union Home Minister Amit Shah that his name had been approved for ministership. He claimed to have taken oath after informing the CM.”. He further said: “But this only confirms what we have been accusing RCP Singh of. Our charge is that RCP Singh became a minister as per his own free will. He has dropped the name of Shah. Does Shah belong to our party? Can the BJP decide which JD-U leader will become a minister?”