By breaking with Lalu, and joining hands with BJP again, Nitish could be trying to break the stasis, regain room for manoeuvre in his government - Modi is the domineering presence in the BJP today but the state BJP continues to lack a leader of Lalu’s stature — while counting on Central assistance to help get things moving in Bihar again.
Within the Mahagathbandhan, RJD chief Lalu Prasad is the more keenly tracked partner, and his son, Tejashwi, a first time MLA and deputy chief minister in the Nitish government, is increasingly being seen as an important stakeholder in, even guarantor of, the alliance's stability.
As the BJP tries to draw a broader polarisation between “us” the nationalists and “them” the anti-nationals/ Leftists/ Islamists/ political opponents of the Modi regime/ Indian Muslims, non-BJP parties can be said to be looking on, at best.
A room in 7 Strand Road, Patna, is the nerve centre of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s election campaign. This is where a core team is working on a strategy that is focused on Brand Nitish, without the distractions of party and ideology.