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Nitish Kumar asked forgiveness from Lalu minutes before quitting

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Nitish Kumar asked forgiveness from Lalu minutes before quitting
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Barely 10 minutes before he submitted his resignation, Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar phoned Lalu Yadav who lives just next doors away in Patna, reported a source.

“Lalu-ji, I beg your forgiveness, but after running the government for 20 months, I cannot do it any longer. I am going to quit,” the Chief Minister told his ally, who hastily and fruitlessly asked him to reconsider.

Within half an hour the headline on all news channels was that Nitish Kumar had ended his partnership with Lalu Yadav and the Congress. That breaking news was succeeded by the confirmation that Nitish Kumar and the BJP had a refurbished relationship that would see them running Bihar together.

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Later it became official with Nitish Kumar winning a trust vote supported by the BJP. Sushil Kumar Modi returned as his deputy, an arrangement that was in place till 2013. That’s when Nitish Kumar cut out of a nearly two-decade-long relationship with the BJP over its selection of Narendra Modi as the presumptive prime minister of its national coalition which included Nitish Kumar’s party.

After Modi collected a whopping victory, Nitish Kumar realised that in the election for Bihar’s government, he needed to club with parties whose support groups could combine with his to block the PM from delivering Bihar to the BJP.  Enter the “grand alliance” which saw the Congress and Lalu Yadav co-signing with Nitish Kumar.

The strategy proved skillful and Nitish Kumar returned  for a third successive term as Chief Minister, inspiring the opposition to consider a similar Maha-Gatbandhan or interlinking for the 2019 election as the only possible impediment to Mr Modi’s re-election, especially after his dazzling sweep of Uttar Pradesh in March this year.

Call it smart move, or abandoned ideology for opportunism- anything to stay in power, he definitely has turned the political ground upside down with his smart moves.

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