The assembly elections in Bihar are due in 2015. With this ‘˜high moral ground’ pitch in hand and a popular support surge after his ‘˜act’, Nitish has prepared a fertile ground for JD(U) …
Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar may have lost bitterly in the Lok Sabha elections but he has won the battle within his own party.
The in-fight that had started some time back after Nitish had parted ways with Bhartiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance has probably reached its fate.
After winning only two seats from the state in the LS elections and losing four out of five bypoll seats at the same time, Nitish had taken a high moral ground and had resigned from the CM post. It had also come at a time when over 40 leaders of his party were ready to quit it. Nitish not only saved face but also stunned his critics which turned the situation to his side.
Now his critic within the party for quite some time, Sharad Yadav, is under his stride. On Sunday, the JD(U) MLAs unanimously chose Nitish their leader and urged him to withdraw his resignation. However, Nitish remained adamant on his position. He said that his decision was in the best interest of the party and that they should elect a new leader.
The party and MLAs have authorized him to elect their new leader in turn.
Now a delegation of MLAs along with Nitish and Yadav will meet Governor to stake claim JD(U)’s claim to form the government today. Nitish is expected to announce the name of next CM sometime tomorrow.
The assembly elections in Bihar are due in 2015. With this ‘high moral ground’ pitch in hand and a popular support surge after his ‘act’, Nitish has prepared a fertile ground for JD(U) campaigning for upcoming elections. His credentials as development man will certainly work in his favour.
And who know? Maybe Nitish will return to the throne after some time!