Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Nitish Supports NDA Candidate for President

By making Ramnath Kovind as the candidate for the post of President, the duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah has made a dent in Lalu-Nitish and the Congress coalition formed in Bihar during the elections.

After talks with Nitish Kumar's JDU MPs and MLAs, the party has made it clear that it will support Ramnath Kovind, the Governor of Bihar, in the presidential elections. The special thing is that the JDU did not wait till the announcement of the congress and other opposition parties, which will be held on June 22 before the announcement. Most of the political pundits have already started speculating whether the grand alliance is taking the last breath in Bihar and is it the clear indication of Nitish comong back to NDA.

Sushil Modi gave a signal of support
Bihar BJP President Sushil Modi is constantly surrounded by charges of corruption in Lalu Yadav and his family. The beginning was made from the soil scam in which questions of Lalu's family were raised. After that Misa Bharti was targeted at Anonymous property in Delhi and now the Income Tax Department has also fallen behind Lalu and her family. 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 post
Nitish Kumar has already dismissed the speculation about his ambitions in the Prime Minister's post. He has clearly said that he is not a fool and he has no ambition to become a Prime Candidate. Nitish's statement was seen in the form of 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.

What is the equation of Bihar

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 If Nitish breaks relations with RJD and goes to NDA, then 27 Congress MLAs will also be withdrawn from the government.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

Nitish does not have any allergy to BJP


Nitish Kumar has run the government in collaboration with BJP. He was also the Railway Minister during the Vajpayee Government. That is, Nitish has no problem with the BJP at the level of ideology. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, due to personal felicity with Narendra Modi, 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, Nitish's leadership in Bihar once again becomes NDA's government, it will not be astonishing.

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