If we look at the political meetings during Nitish Kumar’s first visit to Delhi after forming the government with the grand alliance, a big thing comes to light. Actually Nitish Kumar is trying to bring all the components of Janata Dal on one platform.
Even though unemployment is at a peak in Bihar and youths seeking employment are being lathi-charged on roads, yet again crime is on the rise in Bihar, power supply is being cut, people are struggling against floods, crime is also on the rise in Bihar. 75 years of independence, due to poor condition of education and health facilities, people keep moving to other states for better education and medical treatment… But this does not matter to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Because their only concern is that their chair is safe. Nowadays, he has started dreaming of leaving the CM’s chair and getting the PM’s chair. However, whenever he is asked, he says that he is neither a prime ministerial candidate nor interested in it. But his yes is hidden in this name of Nitish, for which he has started working by making a strategy.
If we look at the political meetings during Nitish Kumar’s first visit to Delhi after breaking ties with the NDA and forming the government with the Grand Alliance, a big thing comes to light. Actually Nitish Kumar is trying to bring all the components of Janata Dal on one platform. Perhaps that is why he met Janata Dal Secular leader HD Kumaraswamy and Indian National Lok Dal’s Om Prakash Chautala. Let us remind you that when Nitish left the BJP and joined the Grand Alliance, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal secular leader HD Deve Gowda also said that all Janata Dal allies can come on one platform if the effort is made. Nitish Kumar knows that the voice of his Janata Dal United alone will not be heard in the opposition coalition, but if all the constituent parties of the Janata Dal unite, a strong front can be formed. Nitish knows that nothing can be achieved if Janata Dal United makes him the prime ministerial candidate alone, but if the entire Janata Dal family supports his candidature, anything can be achieved. This is why he has started a campaign to unite the Janata Dal family. Apart from this, Nitish also knows that if he stays alone, incidents like Manipur will happen where all the MLAs of Janata Dal United joined BJP.
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If we look at Nitish’s meetings in Delhi, one thing is more clear that he wants to take the Congress and the Left parties together in whatever strategy he is making. In this sequence, Nitish Kumar met Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury and D Raja. Nitish is also very wary of his ‘paltu leader’ image, so before going to Delhi he met and took into confidence Lalu Prasad Yadav and then came to Delhi to have his first major political meeting with Rahul Gandhi. All this was done so that the parties whom he had betrayed in the past, could this time trust Nitish Kumar. Apart from this, Nitish Kumar also met Arvind Kejriwal, about whom his Aam Aadmi Party has said that the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will be Modi versus Kejriwal. Another possible PM candidate K. Nitish Kumar has already met Chandrasekhar Rao. While Nitish Kumar met Akhilesh Yadav to try to gauge the political pulse of Uttar Pradesh, his meeting with NCP leader Sharad Pawar is also taking on a deeper meaning. It is worth mentioning that the role of Sharad Pawar will be important in deciding the candidate for the post of PM of the opposition. However, Nitish Kumar is yet to meet another candidate for the post of PM, Mamata Banerjee.
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Overall, Nitish Kumar is trying to unite all opposition forces for a united fight against the BJP in the 2024 elections and his special emphasis is on bringing together parties of socialist background. Time will tell what impact Nitish’s campaign will have, but election strategist Prashant Kishor, who was once close to him, believes that the recent upheaval in Bihar was a “state-centric” phenomenon and is unlikely to have a nationwide impact. Prashant Kishor says one thing we can say for sure is that whatever happens, Nitish Kumar will hold on to power in Bihar as he has been doing for so many years. Along with this, Prashant Kishor has also claimed that I can tell you in writing that the next assembly elections to be held in the year 2025 will see another change in Bihar. Could this change be Nitish’s hand again in NDA? Questions are many, but given the attitude of the BJP, it doesn’t seem like it will give Nitish Kumar another chance as the BJP has clearly said that the party’s doors are “permanently closed” for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
However, Nitish Kumar has embarked on a mission to strengthen opposition unity across the country ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, but he has to remain vigilant during this campaign as well. Recall that before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu similarly severed ties with the NDA and moved around different states to form an anti-BJP front. But during this exercise, Chandrababu didn’t even know when his own land in Andhra Pradesh had completely slipped away.
– Neeraj Kumar Dubey