11th February, 2020
JDU national president cum Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in his reaction to the result of Delhi assembly elections that the people are the owners. Nitish Kumar's party, along with JDU BJP and LJP, had entered the Delhi Assembly election ground. On Tuesday, on the occasion of the unveiling of the statue of RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, when reporters asked him questions about the results of the Delhi Assembly elections, he said that the public is the boss. After saying this, he moved forward.
Nitish Kumar is the national president of JDU and his party fielded its candidates in two constituencies of Delhi, Burari and Sangam Vihar and their party candidates are behind by a large margin in both these seats. Though JDU was never a big player in the national capital, the BJP took the support of its smaller allies in Bihar to defeat Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party.
Former JDU general secretary Pawan Verma wrote a letter to Nitish raising questions and expressing displeasure over the electoral alliance with BJP in Delhi, after which he was expelled from the party. This also happened to Prashant Kishore, former JDU national vice-president whose organization worked as Kejriwal's election strategist.
Angered by his expulsion from JDU, Prashant Kishore has come to Patna after the Delhi elections are over and has threatened to reveal his future strategy and 'expose' Nitish Kumar. The RJD of Bihar's opposition party Lalu Prasad, along with its ally Congress, had landed in Delhi elections, but its candidates are behind by a big margin. However, the result of the Delhi Assembly elections may give JDU relief in the matter that despite the BJP's announcement that the NDA will contest the Bihar Assembly elections to be held later this year under Nitish's leadership, some of its state leaders are Nitish's chief ministerial candidates. As the acceptance questions have been raised, now his rhetoric can be put under control.
In Bihar, the BJP fought the Lok Sabha elections held last year in alliance with JDU and LJP and won a landslide victory. After breaking ties with the BJP in 2013, Nitish contested the Bihar assembly elections 2015 by forming a grand alliance with the RJD and the Congress and talked of creating a "Union-Free India" at that time. The Mahagathbandhan came to power in Bihar with an overwhelming majority in Bihar assembly elections 2015, but in the year 2017, Nitish broke the ties with the RJD and the Congress and formed the NDA government in the state with the BJP.
Category: India: Election