Dussehra Function Exposes Rift Between BJP, Nitish Kumar

Sources within the get together had indicated that the faction hopes to dislodge Nitish Kumar as NDA’s face in Bihar


The sharp political variations inside Bihar’s ruling alliance – between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP – grew to become evident in the present day as leaders of the BJP stayed away from a Dussehra perform at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan. Presence of political leaders throughout get together strains in key social features is conventional. But for the climactic Ravan Vadh of the Ram Leela held throughout Navratras, solely the Chief Minister, the Speaker of the Bihar Assembly, Vijay Choudhari and Bihar Congress President Madan Mohan Jha had been current for the perform that was organised by a personal committee.

It was the presence of all of the invited BJP leaders on the town that made it seem like a deliberate political transfer. Governor Phagu Chauhan, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, BJP legislators and Patna Mayor Sita Sahu had been all current within the metropolis, sources stated.

A part of the BJP — led by Union Minister Giriraj Singh — has been at loggerheads with Nitish Kumar over the waterlogging in Patna since final month’s unprecedented deluge. Sources within the get together had indicated that the faction hopes to dislodge Nitish Kumar because the face of the NDA within the state.

Today, the organisers stated they had been taken without warning by the absence of the BJP leaders. Kamal Nopani — a member of the belief committee – stated, “Everyone was invited and they used to come, but today no one turned up from BJP… we had no prior information that their absence was avoidable”.

Union Minister and MP from Patna Saheb, Ravishankar Prasad, had introduced two days in the past that this 12 months, he wouldn’t take part in any perform and would spend time with the flood victims within the rural areas of his constituency. Among the others absent was the Governor, whose workplace had earlier stated he was indisposed. Besides, Nitin Naveen, the native MLA from Bankipore, excused himself citing a household emergency and work in waterlogged areas.

But there was no phrase from the Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, who normally makes his place recognized by means of his tweets. Though his workers maintained that Mr Modi was on the town, sources within the get together claimed he was away in Karnataka.

Sushil Modi had earlier defended Nitish Kaumar in opposition to the assaults of get together colleague Giriraj Singh. Earlier this week, as Mr Kumar was re-elected to the submit of the get together chief, Mr Modi, in a sequence of tweets, stated it will “strengthen the NDA”.

“Congratulations to Nitish Kumar for being elected national president of NDA ally Janata Dal United. He has given new heights to justice with development in Bihar and turned challenges of disaster into opportunities to serve the people,” his tweet learn.

Sources stated Sushil Modi has been making an attempt to dispel confusion about unity of NDA – initially saying Giriraj Singh’s feedback criticising the Chief Minister had no endorsement from the central management, after which together with his tweets.

Mr Kumar has been the chief minister of the state for 14 years and was the undisputed chief of the NDA within the state even for this 12 months’s Lok Sabha elections. Sources stated the now, with lower than a 12 months to go for the state election, a bit of BJP leaders need the state’s high submit to come back to the get together.

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