The fall of Nitish Kumar

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The fall of Nitish Kumar

Post by Rashmun on Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:56 am

"He was the dulha (bridegroom) of the UPA and a Bihari dulha at that - pampered and spoilt, with every whim catered to," said a JDU leader perceived to be close to Nitish. "Sonia Gandhi would personally reach out and persuade Lalu Prasad Yadav if Nitish was upset. Now it is different. Nitish is treated as a step-child by Shah."

Even in the case of the recent cabinet reshuffle, Nitish expected two berths and a call from Modi. Nothing. To save face, a story was put out that a later reshuffle would be held to accommodate allies. BJP sources rule that out in the 18 remaining months of the Modi government's tenure. They say that neither Modi nor Shah have forgiven or forgotten their long, bitter history with Nitish, who ditched his alliance with the BJP ahead of the last general election, declaring Modi unacceptable as the prime ministerial candidate. Sources say it was a strategic decision to get Nitish to return to partnering with the BJP because it sawed off opposition unity and it's now similarly a political decision to cut him to size to ensure that the BJP emerges as big brother in Bihar.



https://www.ndtv.com/opinion/nitish-kumars-downgrading-from-dulhe-raja-to-ho-hum-1758813

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Re: The fall of Nitish Kumar

Post by Rashmun on Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:52 pm

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Patna, the state capital is studded with huge hoardings.They feature the Prime Minister (in a music video-type effect, many iterations of him radiate out from a central image), and include a melange of other BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah, senior union minister Nitin Gadkari and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

The party's new trophy- ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar - finds no space.  

BJP leaders refuted talk of a deliberate slight to Mr Kumar, who, in July, cut his alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress to establish a new government overnight with the BJP. "These are party posters put up by individuals," said Nityanand Rai , the president of the BJP in Bihar.

However, the absence of the Chief Minister from the ensemble casts on different publicity material will allow rivals like the spurned Lalu Yadav to claim proof that just as they warned, Mr Kumar has been reduced to a bit player by the BJP after he served its purpose of coming to power in Bihar. "The BJP has shown him his place," gloated Shivanand Tiwari, a leader from Lalu Yadav's party.


https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/for-pm-modis-visit-posters-omit-political-trophy-nitish-kumar-1762665

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