Nitish Kumar back in NDA: BJP upbeat amid some doubts

While one party leader said that Nitish “cannot be a natural ally of the BJP”, another said a section of leaders in Bihar cannot forget how Nitish Kumar had “humiliated BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, referring to his parting with BJP in the wake of Modi becoming the party’s Prime Minister candidate in 2013.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 9:41 am
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Even as an upbeat BJP celebrates the addition of one more state in the NDA kitty and the break-up of Bihar’s Grand Alliance undoing, at least temporarily, the possibility of a united Opposition, a section of party leaders on Thursday sounded cautious in their reaction to Nitish Kumar’s return to NDA.

While one party leader said that Nitish “cannot be a natural ally of the BJP”, another said a section of leaders in Bihar cannot forget how Nitish Kumar had “humiliated BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, referring to his parting with BJP in the wake of Modi becoming the party’s Prime Minister candidate in 2013.

“What can I say about a person who has no ideology, and has been opportunistic all along,” asked senior BJP MP Hukumdev Narayan Yadav.

The party’s central leadership, however, claims it as a “big victory”, with Bihar becoming the 17th state where the NDA is in power. For the party, it is also a “sweet revenge” for the humiliation faced at the hands of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress combine in the 2015 state elections.

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But Yadav, a former Union minister and Lok Sabha MP from Madhubani, said, “Some people in party think this (alliance) is not good for Bihar. They cannot forget humiliation of BJP and Modi-ji.”

In Parliament corridors, most BJP MPs were jubilant at the party’s “latest gain”. Some of them said this reinforces the party’s anti-corruption credentials.

Ashwani Choubey, MP from Buxar, said for BJP this means an end to Opposition call for unity. “We can do good things for Bihar. But how far it would go…only future will tell,” Choubey added.

But another party MP was not so certain. “It seems good for the time being but in the long run, the party will have issues,” the MP said. “Nitish Kumar will show his true colours (soon) — he is not a man of consensus.”

At least three MPs said BJP will not gain big from this alliance unless it is able to weaken the JD(U) in the coming years.

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    Rahul
    Jul 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm
    Many like the author of this article, due to obvious reasons, are still smarting at being taken by surprise. Now, all they want to do is create rumors and doubts and hope that repeating these lies under the garb of "sources" would divide the new alliance and sow seeds of confusion. The loyalties of such journalists are well know, and the public now identifies such third-rate and desperate attempts.
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      Nikul
      Jul 28, 2017 at 8:17 am
      Bur people of bihar are shocked and worried what this will bring to the State like UP, Jharkhand are totally lawless and Jungle Raj has devastated their lives.
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        Rajan
        Jul 28, 2017 at 7:52 am
        What has happen in Bihar is true case of BJP style Nationalism meaning Grabbing power through back door by hook and crook. People now regret why they took part in election which is becoming fraud where political thugs can steal their mandate even after losing election. They voted against a party but outdated weak democracy put it in power through political scam and fraud cheating the voters.
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          Harminder Singh
          Jul 28, 2017 at 7:27 am
          What is now becoming dangerously comical and unfortunately maddening is that our power hunger chappies are trying to emulate something akin to forming another Vijayanagar empire but sans any development or progress attached to it.So can one of their band masters explain wha ts the point of this exercise when it's devoid of any progress and on the contrary everything is at a stand still inspite of all their fake data and media propoganda which unfortunately is not news anymore.So whilst these buffoons play musical chairs for their own amu t can somebody explain how does all this jiggery pokery create ACHHE DIN
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