Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Raids on Lalu's Family Create Rift in Grand Alliance in Bihar

Lalu Prasad Yadav, President of Rashtriya Janata Dal, and several families of his family, have been raided by the income tax department on charges of corruption over the past several days. The political equations of the state are also changing due to the injury of these impressions. Lalu Prasad Yadav himself has stamped these speculations through tweet. However, Lalu later diverted his first tweet and turned the matter towards the media and government agencies.

Laloo Yadav surrounded by income tax impressions

The Income Tax Department raided the 22 bases of Laloo Prasad Yadav on Tuesday morning. These raids have been linked with the benami property. Following these impressions, Lalu Yadav tweeted that “BJP ko naya saathi Mubarak”(kudos to BJP for its new ally). Lalu Prasad is not going to bend and fear. Until the last breath, he will keep on fighting against fascist forces. This tweet about Lalu is believed to be telling not to anyone but his ally Janta Dal United in the state as a new ally of BJP. This is because the differences between RJD and JDU have been deepening since the last few days.

Sushil Modi Gives Signal of Support

Bihar BJP President Sushil Modi has been surrounded by allegations of corruption for Lalu Yadav and his family for the past few days. The beginning was done with the soil scam in which the question of the family of Lalu was raised. After that, Misa Bharti was targeted for anonymity in Delhi and today the raids of income tax were also made. The special thing is that Sushil Modi is an attacker on Lalu Yadav while Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party JDU are left with it. Even Sushil Modi had clearly said a few days ago that if Nitish is different from Lalu Yadav, then BJP can consider supporting him.

Nitish's big statement on PM's post

Nitish Kumar, while completely rejecting the speculation about his ambitions in the Prime Minister's post yesterday, said that he is not a fool and that he has no ambition to become a Prime Candidate. This statement of Nitish is being seen as a preparation for his entry in the NDA in a way because a section of opposition and media has often been predicting Nitish's standing before Modi in the 2019 general elections.

Party-wise Equation in Bihar

In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the number of 122 MLAs is required for the majority. At present, 71 seats of JDU, 80 of RJD and 27 Congress MLAs are running a coalition government. If Nitish breaks relationship with RJD and goes to the NDA, then 27 Congress MLAs will also be withdrawn from the government. In such a situation, Nitish needs 51 more legislators to save the government. BJP has 53 MLAs in the Assembly. Apart from this, 2 of LJP, 2 of RLSP, 1 of HAM, three from CPI ML Liberation and 4 independent MLAs. That is, JDU and BJP together can form the government because the figure of MLAs of both parties is 124 in total.

Nitish does not have any Allergy to BJP


Nitish Kumar has joined the BJP together with the government. He was also the Railway Minister during the Vajpayee Government. That is, Nitish has no problem with the BJP at the level of ideology. Due to personal felicity from Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, his alliance with BJP broke and he had to form a grand alliance in the assembly elections but Nitish was never as comfortable with Lalu. On the other hand, his relationship with Narendra Modi has improved considerably in the last two years. In such a situation, once again Nitish's leadership in Bihar led to the formation of the NDA government, it would not be surprising.
                                                    ----Ashish Jha

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