The newly-formed alliance between the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar would collapse before the 2025 Assembly polls, political strategist Prashant Kishor said on Sunday.
“Nitish Kumar’s volte-face is no surprise. I had been saying that he would not remain with the Mahagathbandhan ever since he had joined the combine,” Kishor told reporters in Begusarai district of the state which he was touring as part of his ‘Jan Suraaj’ campaign.
Kishor’s claims came even as Kumar took oath as the chief minister of Bihar for a record ninth term on Sunday, hours after resigning as the chief minister. Kumar said that “things were not working well” for him in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and in the opposition INDIA bloc, and staked claim to form a new government with the BJP, which he had dumped less than 18 months ago.
Several Opposition leaders targeted the Bihar CM for being occasionally switching sides.
Kishor said: “…today’s development proves that if Nitish is ‘palturam’ (weathercock), Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are no different. The BJP seems to have made a calculation in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. But it will pay a huge price in the assembly polls due next year,” he said. Similar claims were made by Bihar’s outgoing deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, who hit out at Kumar, saying that the JD(U) will be ‘finished’ by 2024 as it will cease to exist as a political party.
Kishore, who has worked closely in his professional capacity for both Modi and the JD(U) supremo, said that BJP will have a tough time explaining to its voters why it backed Kumar, despite having said that its doors were closed for him. “I make another prediction and you can catch me if I am proven wrong. The alliance that has been formed will not last till the assembly polls. In fact, it may come apart within a few months of the Lok Sabha polls,” he said.
He alleged, “The BJP is doing now what the Congress had done during RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s time. Both national parties have aligned with hugely unpopular regional leaders for small gains at the central level.” Kishor claimed that the ‘Jan Suraaj’ campaign is committed to putting an end to this “revolving door politics”.