BY CK MADHU
PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is now perfectly caught between the devil and the deep sea!
The problem with the man is that none of the two major alliances—the NDA and the Grand Alliance (GA)—“trusts” him anymore.
He ditched the NDA after getting historic mandate with 206 seats in 2010 assembly election and now he appears to be ditching the GA after getting huge mandate with 178 seats in the 243-member Bihar assembly in the last 2015 assembly polls.
The lack of “consistency” to stay with any alliance and show his loyalty for the mandate delivered by the voters is costing him too much.
This became clear today when the BJP after initially offering support to the JD-U has now backed out of its promise, amply indicating “the man can’t be trusted”.
“There is no such plan with (of tying up with JD-U),” a topmost Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi revealed in an interview to the IANS.
This makes it clearer the BJP is only interested in bringing down the GA government, and not allowing the Nitish Kumar government to continue in office further.
Now, the problem with the chief minister is that he has gone too far with the resignation demand of his deputy Tejashwi Yadav even as the RJD has stoutly ruled out his resignation. Tejashwi has been named an accused in a corruption case by the CBI.
In such, a situation, the lone option left for him will be his own resignation to save his face or his further continuation as the head of the government will only dent his image and dilute his “zero tolerance” stand on corruption.
The other problem with Kumar is that the Congress too has refused to “mediate” in his case until and unless the chief minister commits that he is with the GA.
According to reports in the local media, the Congress is not interested in exerting pressures on RJD chief Lalu Prasad to force his son Tejashwi Yadav step down until the chief minister comes out with a clear statement that he would continue with the ruling GA.
The Congress has also ridiculed the issue of corruption being raised by the chief minister saying the latter was well aware about the fact when he chose to enter into an alliance with the RJD.
Not only that the Congress has also questioned JD-U’s demand for resignation of Tejashwi saying mere registration of a case against anyone can’t prove that he is “guilty”.
The Congress, thus, looks to be not fully relying on Kumar for flip-flops on his stand. The chief minister has already harmed himself much by first deciding to support the NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind against Opposition’s Meira Kumar (who hails from the Congress) and then questioning the principles of the grand old party in public.
The general feeling in the Congress about Nitish Kumar could well be understood from the statement of Meira Kumar who said, “Jivan mein kabhi nazdiki saathi bhi aapka saath chhod dete hain (Sometimes even the man whom you trust the most ditches you).”