Nitish Kumar To Meet Governor, Indicating It's Over With BJP: 10 Points

Nitish Kumar's grouses against the BJP have been piling up since the 2019 general election when his party was offered just one seat in the Union cabinet

The BJP, which reached out to Nitish Kumar twice on Monday, has said it will wait for his decision

Patna: It's all but over, said senior leaders from the BJP and Nitish Kumar's party to NDTV this morning, as the Chief Minister fixed an appointment to see the Governor.

Here are the 10 latest developments:

  1. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is meeting with his MLAs to decide whether the alliance should continue. "Expect explosive news," a senior leader from his party said ahead of the meeting. 

  2. A senior source from the BJP who asked not to be named said "Expecting this alliance to survive is like a very sick patient's family refusing to give up hope."

  3. The tension between the two parties has hit breakpoint over Nitish Kumar's concerns that Union Minister Amit Shah is working relentlessly to split the Janata Dal (United).

  4. To this end, Nitish Kumar blames RCP Singh, a former leader from his own party, for serving as Amit Shah's proxy. RCP Singh quit the JDU on the weekend after his party accused him of deep corruption.

  5. In 2021, RCP Singh joined the union cabinet as the representative of Nitish Kumar's party. The Bihar Chief Minister was upset about being offered only one cabinet position. Yesterday, his closest aide said that RCP Singh had decided to join the centre of his own accord and had informed Nitish Kumar that Amit Shah had said he alone was acceptable as the JDU rep in the cabinet. "Will Amit Shah decide our party's matters?" said Rajeev Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh, who is the president of the JDU.

  6. Nitish Kumar will have our support if he walks out on the BJP, said the Rashtriya Janata Dal or RJD, which is Bihar's single-largest party and is also meeting today to discuss the Bihar crisis. The party is headed by Tejashwi Yadav.

  7. Till 2017, he was a minister along with his brother in Nitish Kumar's government which had three components: the JDU, Lalu Yadav's party, and the Congress. Nitish Kumar had formed an alliance with them after calling off a decades-long relationship with the BJP.

  8. But he accused Tejashwi Yadav and his bother of corruption and used that controversy to end his alliance with 'secular' parties and returned to the BJP. 

  9. The Congress has also begun a series of meetings in Bihar to decide its stand on possible support for Nitish Kumar.

  10. Nitish Kumar is reportedly convinced that Amit shah wants to repeat the Maharashtra model in Bihar. Uddhav Thackeray was forced to quit as Chief Minister after Eknath Shinde, a senior leader from his party, the Shiv Sena, instigated a huge revolt in partnership with the BJP. Eknath Shinde was rewarded by the BJP with the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister. 

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