Bihar Election: After 15 years as Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar again ready for next innings


Nitish Kumar had said at an election rally in Purnia, "Today is the last day of campaigning, the day after is the election and this is my last election, all is well ...

On November 5, when he said this from the stage, some people said that he is now beginning to see his political end, while some people said that Nitish has played this emotional card so that people vote for him one more time, for the last time. Please give

It is also understandable that Janata Dal United has made it clear that this will not be the last election of Nitish Kumar, but Nitish Kumar, an expert in politics, knows very well when, how much and what he has to say.

Prof. DM Diwakar of AN Sinha Institute of Social Science, Patna, who understands Nitish Kumar's politics very closely, says, "Nitish Kumar is not a leader of light sense. The words he speaks are very thoughtful but this election I have said so much on which Nitish Kumar has said all this.

On his last election statement, he says, "Look at the internal survey of the party, they have already been given the news that the wind is not in their favor and they understand more than what they are seeing together." It is coming that there is anti-incumbency. Through this statement, they have created a space so that if they have to take any step, they give a hint to the people in advance. "

But the election results show that his party Janata Dal United's performance may not have been good but he is on his way to become the Chief Minister for the seventh time, although he is getting this opportunity not because of JDU but because of BJP seats. Although Nitish Kumar is no longer in the role of Big Brother, JDU has got 43 seats in this election and its ally BJP has got 74 seats. BJP has now emerged as the second largest party in Bihar and is just one seat behind from RJD.

Nitish Kumar's party JDU did not emerge as the largest party even in the 2015 election results. Despite this, he was made the Chief Minister by the Grand Alliance.

Similarly, in this election also, NDA has made Nitish Kumar the face of its CM and BJP has made it clear that this decision will not affect many from the share of seats.

The BJP has clearly stated that if Nitish Kumar's seats were reduced even less and the NDA coalition gets majority, then Nitish Kumar will become the Chief Minister in that case, NDA has fought this election by projecting Nitish Kumar as the future Chief Minister.

The art of living

In the 2010 elections, the election slogan of Nitish Kumar's party used to be - "15 years for the talker and 5 years for the one who works?"

But both were in front of the public in this assembly election, 15 years of Lalu Yadav vs 15 years of Nitish. In the terminology of supporters and opponents, there was a clash between 'Jungle Raj' and 'Good Governance'.

Manikant Thakur, a senior journalist from Bihar, says, "Nitish Kumar did a lot of work in his first term (2005-2010), there were dress schemes for girls, girls went to school. His attitude was in the interest of the people, in Nitish Kumar's rule. It was almost closed, which was at its peak in Lalu Yadav's time, but in the last seven and a half years, corruption has spread a lot during Nitish Kumar's tenure. Every scheme has got this worm. "

We saw this claim well in Bihar, especially in rural Bihar. Women are considered to be voters of Nitish Kumar and they repeatedly mentioned corruption spread at the block level. Right after completing his first term, Nitish Kumar was accused of doing 'politics of staying in power'.

Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Nitish Kumar broke the Lok Sabha elections alone by breaking an alliance with the BJP, but he had to face defeat.

DM Diwakar says, "Jitan Ram Manjhi was made CM by Nitish Kumar because he did not get upper-cast votes in 2014 and wanted to give a message to the Dalits that he was sitting on top of power in a person in his community. "

But Nitish Kumar, who left the post of CM in May 2014, removed Jitan Ram Manjhi from the party in February 2015 and reached Raj Bhavan with 130 MLAs himself and claimed to form the government.

Soon after, Nitish Kumar, who came to power after fighting against Lalu's 15-year rule in the assembly elections, understood that it is not possible to form a government in Bihar without a coalition, and from here, learned politics under the leadership of JP and Karpoori Thakur. Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar together.

In Bihar, the slogan of 'Development with Social Justice' by both leaders beat the BJP's 'development' slogan in the state.

But on 27 July 2017, political agitation in Patna increased when Nitish Kumar reached Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi and submitted his resignation. Nitish gave this resignation after allegations of corruption leveled against the then Deputy Chief Minister of the state Tejashwi Yadav, and those allegations were the reason for his resignation.

Shortly after that Nitish Kumar came to power with the BJP for which the filled houses he had said - 'I will meet in the soil but will not go with the BJP'.

Tejashwi, who was once the deputy chief minister with Nitish, started calling him a pillar due to his political tricks. Tejashwi, who once called Nitish an uncle, is now standing in front of him.

Politics is a game of equations and possibilities. And proving the same fact, he shrugged off the "communal image" of Nitish Kumar, who sought votes from the platform for Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and in the 2020 Vidhan Sabha, PM Narendra Modi Asked for votes

From Engineer Babu to Good Governance Babu

Nitish Kumar was born on 1 March 1951 in Bakhtiyarpur, adjacent to Patna city. Nitish Kumar studied electrical engineering from Bihar Engineering College and during this time he was also known as Engineer Babu.

Nitish Kumar is the leader of the entire revolution movement of Jayaprakash Narayan who remained in the center of Bihar for one and a half decades in power.

His friend and classmate in the engineering college itself, Arun Sinha, in his book 'Nitish Kumar: The Rise of Bihar', wrote that Nitish Kumar was a fan of Raj Kapoor's films during his college days, he used to watch these films so much that he Friends did not tolerate laughter or ridicule about them.

Nitish Kumar used to get a scholarship of Rs 150 so that he would buy books and magazines every month, these things which were dreamy for other Bihari students of that time, but Nitish's son of freedom fighter always had a inclination towards politics.

Nitish Kumar, who started politics in the shadow of Lalu Prasad Yadav and George Fernandes, has come a long way in politics by 46 years. When the Samata Party got just seven seats in 1995, Nitish Kumar realized that the three parties in the state could not fight separate battles. In this way, in 1996 Nitish Kumar formed an alliance with the BJP.

At this time, LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to lead. Nitish Kumar benefited from this alliance and he became the Chief Minister for the first time in the year 2000, though he got this post for only seven days, but he managed to make a solid choice against Lalu Yadav himself.

Politics of Mahadalits

In 2007, Nitish Kumar created the 'Mahadalit' category for the most backward castes even among the Dalits. Government schemes were brought for them. In 2010, plans were given to give home, loan for studies, school dress.

Today, all the Dalit castes in Bihar have been put under the category of Mahadalit. In the year 2018, Paswans were also given the status of Mahadalit.

In this way, Ram Vilas Paswan, the biggest leader of Dalits in Bihar, became aware

It is said that Nitish Kumar has done concrete work for the Dalits.

Nitish himself belongs to the Kurmi caste with 4 percent population, but while in power, he always contested in alliance with the party which had a solid caste-class voter.

Whether it was an election fought with the BJP, where they were supported by upper caste voters considered to be pro-BJP or in 2015 elections with the Yadav-Muslim based RJD.

As soon as Nitish Kumar talked about his last election from the stage, the debate broke out that what is possible Nitish minus JDU? If not Nitish, then who could be the new face of JDU? In response to this question, not a single name is considered.

Manikant Thakur says, "JDU is nothing without Nitish Kumar. And if JDU is in any condition today, it is Nitish who is responsible for it. Nitish never wanted any other leader to flourish while he was there. Even Nitish Kumar That there is not a single minister in the cabinet who can take big decisions for his own ministry. "

Nitish Kumar, with a humble and mild image, can be as ruthless as any other politician in politics. Manikant Thakur says, "What he did to Sharad Yadav and George Fernandes is well known, how it was not hidden from anyone on the last day of George."

Nitish Kumar's party does not have any institutional structure, JDU does not even have a booth level worker in the remote districts of Bihar, but it has been Nitish Kumar's political acumen to shore up parties with vote base and workers in the state He remained the center of power for 15 years.