Breakups are always messy and the recent one in Bihar has been nothing but a giant mess that will make any OCD person cry.
In 2013, Nitish Kumar ended his alliance with BJP and formed the ‘Grand Alliance’
Back in 2013, JD(U)’s chief Nitish Kumar ended his 17-year alliance with BJP after he was not named the Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections. And so Bihar’s 2015 election saw the rise of Mahagathbandhan, where Janata Dal United, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress came together to defeat BJP. And they were successful in doing so with Nitish Kumar becoming the CM for the 5th time.
But however, after 2016, cracks started appearing in the grand coalition
But things started changing in 2016, when Kumar after being called “Chief Minister of circumstances” by Shahabuddin of RJD, slowly started siding with BJP. He was one of the 1st opposition leaders to support the surgical strike move, the demonetization decision and even the GST policy. In May 2017, Kumar after sending a proxy to a meeting with Congress head Sonia Gandhi, met with the PM privately the next day. He even pledged his support for BJP’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential elections. All this led to chatter what lies in the future of the alliance in Bihar.
Kumar resigned as the CM, but the very next day stepped into the office as the new CM
The tipping point was when Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, refused to quit the office after being named in corruption charges along with his father. Bihar then saw Nitish Kumar resign for a day and step in as the new CM the next day, alongside BJP’s senior leader Sushil Modi as the Deputy CM.
With alliance in Bihar, BJP’s power seems to be strengthening up
BJP won 2014 Lok Sabha elections fair and square, and they could have put an end to coalitions. But they didn’t, because of the rising dominance of regional parties at the state level. If the orange wave had to make a mark, BJP needed the support of these parties. Post 2014, BJP has won 9 state elections, Bihar being 1 of the states they couldn’t take over.
Today, BJP has managed to come into power in 18 states, and the orange force seems to be strengthening up. With 2019 elections on every political parties’ minds, BJP has already started their campaign indirectly, with the successful election of Kovind to the post of President and now a new alliance in Bihar. JD(U) partnering with BJP can encourage more regional parties to follow suit, making Modi’s re-election a reality with every passing day.