The BJP’s gain in the region can be attributed to the active role of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the tribal region of Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh through its Saraswati Shishu Mandir schools and other social initiatives.
Tej Pratap’s outbursts against the state party chief are being perceived as his anger erupting against the regimented system of functioning within the party in which only Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the heir apparent of Lalu Prasad, is given due importance while other family members are treated at par with other party members.
The major anxiety for the Congress is not that Narendra Modi returns to power in 2024 but that no other party substitutes Congress as the main pole against the BJP and no other leader like Nitish Kumar replaces Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate.
This exercise on part of the ruling JD(U) is also imperative because it could itself become victim of poaching by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, who is known for his precision to slice the rival political parties vertically.
With the aggressive stance of the BJP after its impressive performance in the state elections, it would not be easier for Kumar to run the government as smoothly as it used to be in the company of Sushil Modi as his deputy chief minister.
Having won the Bihar polls, the BJP wants to enter West Bengal in an emphatic way and hence, appointed Tarkishore Prasad as the deputy chief minister. Prasad belongs to Katihar with a substantial Bengali-speaking population bordering West Bengal.