‘Mark my words,’ says strategist Prashant Kishor as Nitish Kumar rejoins the BJP.

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'Mark my words,' says strategist Prashant Kishor as Nitish Kumar rejoins the BJP.

Political strategist Prashant Kishor claimed on Sunday that the Janata Dal (United)-BJP alliance created in Bihar will not endure long. His words came only hours after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned and joined the BJP-led NDA to create a new administration in the eastern state.

According to Kishor, the newly formed alliance in Bihar may only continue till the 2025 assembly elections, implying that the JD(U)-BJP government could last a year or less. After being sworn in, Nitish Kumar stated that he had returned to the NDA and that there is no intention of leaving.
On Sunday, Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar’s chief minister for the ninth time, claiming that he had returned to his previous position. Kumar was a member of the NDA alliance that won the state elections in 2020. In 2022, he resigned and became chief minister of the JD(U)-RJD Mahagathbandhan. In less than two years, he has returned to the NDA.

'Mark my words,' says strategist Prashant Kishor as Nitish Kumar rejoins the BJP.
‘Mark my words,’ says strategist Prashant Kishor as Nitish Kumar rejoins the BJP.

“Now I am back where I was before (in NDA) and now there is no question of going anywhere,” he remarked.Nitish Kumar’s decision is a major setback for Lalu Prasad and his RJD. Former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, however, took the hit in stride, claiming that the game in Bihar is far from over. Tejashwi stated that the JD(U) will be defeated in 2024, referring to Nitish Kumar as a ‘tired chief minister’.

“The chief minister, Nitish Kumar, was exhausted. Whatever the Mahagathbandhan administration accomplished was due to the RJD, and the masses would continue to support us,” Tejashwi remarked.

Nitish Kumar criticized Tejashwi’s words, saying that the JD(U) will continue to strive for Bihar’s development and advancement.

Nitish Kumar 9.0 in Bihar: Here are the top ten developments.
1. Nitish Kumar will be Bihar’s chief minister again. Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha will serve as the deputy chief ministers.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Nitish Kumar on taking the oath of office and stated that the NDA government will do all possible to help Bihar grow.

3. BJP President JP Nadda stated that Nitish Kumar’s return to the NDA is a source of delight. The people of Bihar gave the NDA the mandate in 2020, and Nitish Kumar is the NDA’s natural ally, according to Nadda, who predicts that the NDA would sweep the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar.

'Mark my words,' says strategist Prashant Kishor as Nitish Kumar rejoins the BJP.
‘Mark my words,’ says strategist Prashant Kishor as Nitish Kumar rejoins the BJP.

4. Tejashwi Yadav stated that the game is not over in Bihar, and that the public supports the RJD.

5. The DMK slammed Nitish Kumar, claiming that the party accepted his ‘only Hindi to be spoken’ campaign for the sake of harmony in the INDIA coalition. “He (Nitish Kumar) said that everyone should speak in Hindi. We tolerated it. Even then, as a compromise, we remained silent in order to maintain alliance cordiality. It was stated that English should not be spoken. This is a routine matter (hints at politics). “It’s fine,” DMK MP TR Baalu stated.

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6. Akhilesh claimed Nitish Kumar’s defection reflects the BJP’s desperation ahead of the Lok Sabha election. Akhilesh claimed that there is a conspiracy to limit a potential Prime Minister to the CM’s chair. Akhilesh had made a similar remark, claiming that Nitish Kumar had the opportunity to become the PM face of the INDIA bloc but passed it up.

7. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi claimed that Nitish Kumar, who previously referred to Owaisi as the BJP’s B-team, has switched and betrayed the people of the state.

8. “It is not surprising that he has done this ‘Volte – Face’ once more because he appears to be addicted to this type of behaviour,” NCP national spokesperson Clyde Crasto stated in a statement

 

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