He opens mouth only to attack the Bharatiya Janata Party, in general, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in particular. This has been common perception among the people about Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar. The perception is based on the track records of his speeches he delivered at public meetings and during other political gatherings since he severed ties with the saffron party in June 2013. Yesterday at a meeting in Karnal (Haryana), he lambasted the BJP, saying it got votes of the farmers in the last general elections promising them better days, but after coming to power the party betrayed them.
Hence it was a surprise when the Chief Minister did not utter a single word against the BJP and Prime Minister while addressing hundreds of his party workers and ministers during the meeting of party’s state council a day later on Monday at Krishna Memorial Hall. This is the talk of the town.
Has his soul towards the BJP changed overnight? He was chairing the meeting in capacity of the national president of Janata Dal (U) to endorse the renomination of state party president, Basisth Narain Singh, who happens to be party MP, too.
“I have been following the dharma of grand alliance and expect other partners to follow,” he said. Is it a message to the big brother of the alliance who is allegedly interfering in the day-to-day work of the state government? Commented a minister who attended the party function, “The CM has sent warnings to the wrongdoers among the alliance partners to mend their ways, otherwise he has options to stay at the helm of the power that be in Bihar.”
More importantly, the chief minister asked his followers not to chant the slogan: “Hamara PM kaisa ho, Nitish Kumar jaisa ho”. He concentrated his hour-long speech on the works being done by his government, asking the assembled workers across the state to take the message to each and every person. “ The people of the state must know about our contributions, especially of the advantages they got after the prohibition,” he said.
Insiders, however, say the chief minister feels uneasy after Mohammad Shahabuddin episode. He is more upset by the fact that a big leader of the alliance has been helping the criminal-turned-politician overtly, harming Kumar’s relatively clean image, which happens to be his life’s earnings. “His today’s speech is well calculated and aimed at the very leader,” said a senior JD (U) leader.