How Nitish's Recent Moves Gave Hints on His 'Ghar Wapsi'
Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as Bihar Chief Minister following a standoff with ally Rashtriya Janata Dal throwing into tatters the anti-BJP Grand Alliance.
Nitish Kumar surrounded by JD (U) party workers. (Photo: ANI)
Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as Bihar Chief Minister following a standoff with ally Rashtriya Janata Dal throwing into tatters the anti-BJP Grand Alliance which came to power with an overwhelming majority in 2015.
The following incidents indicated that his bonhomie with RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav will not last for a long time.
1) In Nov 2016, broke ranks with opposition leaders and supported Modi's demonetisation gamble.
2) In Jan 2017, invited Bihar BJP leaders for Makar Sankranti lunch - for the first time since Nitish walked out of the NDA in 2013.
3) In March this year, JD (U) did not field candidates in UP polls, possibly signaling that he did not want to split BJP votes.
4) In May, he skipped Cong president Sonia Gandhi's luncheon meeting in New Delhi to attend a lunch hosted by PM Modi in honour of the visiting Mauritius PM Jugnauth.
5) In April 2017, JD(U) entered into an alliance with NCP in Gujarat. Experts say it will help in splitting anti-incumbency votes.
6) Backs BJP presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, disrupts Oppositipon's unity.
7) Broke ranks with opposition and sent his emissary to attend the midnight session in Parliament on GST rollout
8) JD(U) decided to skip RJD's BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao, rally in Patna
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