Crack in JDU-BJP alliance; Will Nitish govt survive?
Bihar, Politics

Crack in JDU-BJP alliance; Will Nitish govt survive?

Patna: Everything is not okay between Janata Dal-United and Bhartiya Janata Party in Bihar post-Patna University Students’ Union Election results. Leaders from both parties have launched a scathing attack against each other.

Janata Dal-United decides to send its representative to attend the NDA meeting in Delhi at the eleventh hour. There was no information on anyone from JDU to attend the meeting but Santosh Kushwaha name propped up suddenly.

JDU has sent Santosh Kushwaha to attend the NDA meeting happening in Delhi as a damage control in the last moment. Senior JDU leaders Vashishth Narayan Singh and RCP Singh are not attending the meeting of NDA.

If the reports are true then it would be another dent for National Democratic Alliance which is already facing the crisis over seat sharing issue in Bihar by RLSP and Loktantrik Janata Party.

Who said what?

Janata Dal-United National Vice President Prashant Kishor (PK) who is known for his election strategy has evidently proved in the PUSU election that why he is a successful election key strategist, the results of the University election was the first step by him in that direction, his maiden success after joining the JDU as a responsible party office bearer.

PUSU result has triggered the war of words between the JDU and BJP leaders and the sword is now out between the two parties in Bihar.

BJP leaders had demanded PK’s arrest over the alleged model code of conduct violation in PUSU election and have been protesting ever since the process is on.

However, Anil Tyagi a JDU leader and close associate of KC Tyagi denied the rift claims and stated that everything is normal in Bihar between JDU and BJP in Bihar.

Anil Tyagi said, “PUSU is a small issue and those who are giving unnecessary heat to the alleged rift are doing it for publicity, no senior leaders from either JDU or NDA have issued any statement on this matter.”

Tyagi also made it clear that the alliance between JDU and BJP is limited to Bihar only and there is no problem over seat sharing issue between them as far as 2019 Lok Sabha election is concerned.

“Amit Shah and Nitish Kumar have made it clear that we will contest on an equal number of seats in Bihar, and if Kushwaha resigns from NDA we both will get one more seat each out of two which was finalised for RLSP,” said Tyagi.

Bhartiya Janata Party Bihar office also denied of such clash of interest claims and said that everything is fine between the ruling partners in Bihar.

Bihar Assembly Party positions for 243 seats-

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)- 81, Janata Dal-United (JDU)- 70, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) – 53, Indian National Congress (INC)- 27, Left Parties (CPIM+ CPIML)-03, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP)- 02, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)- 01, and Independents- 04.

If the alleged rift between JDU-BJP continues to grow further there will be new equations of the government formation process in the state. RJD with the highest number of seats have an edge over other parties in the state and can claim to form the government.

Can Grand Alliance form the government in Bihar?

Grand Alliance partners in Bihar have a total of 112 seats which is still short of 10 seats in forming the government. It can lead to another round of horse trading in the state which has witnessed a similar situation on several occasions in the past. Four independents MLA who are with the BJP-JDU alliance can join the new coalition which means the magical mark is just 6 short to form the government.

All these speculations are likely to become clear in coming days as per the political development progress takes place in the state.

The situation doesn’t seem to favor ruling Janata Dal-United as they are nowhere near the halfway mark (122) to form the government on its own if the alliance with BJP breaks in the midway. JDU has only 70 Member of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and will have to sit in the opposition.

Interestingly Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance partners, which Nitish Kumar led JDU was part in 2015 assembly election, has clearly said a big ‘No’ to Kumar ‘Ghar Wapsi’ in the fold.

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