Nitish Kumar’s Kiddishness

A well performing Chief Minister and a man with least petty political behaviour is finally jumping into the dirty political bandwagon. Nitish Kumar, Bihar C.M’s onslaught against Narendra Modi and trying to create a secular image will backfire on Kumar. The alliance between BJP and JD (U) can win majority of seats in the upcoming assembly elections. If Nitish Kumar thinks that he can win alone a majority then he is living in his sand castle when there is warning about political storm. It is better in the interests of Nitish Kumar to maintain silence and carry on with the alliance to continue the good work done for Bihar.
Shivanand Tiwary and Giriraj Singh debates in The Deccan Chronicle, 17 June 2010
To talk about this is to state the obvious. After five years of running a successful government in Bihar, with the cordial cooperation of a long-trusted, mature ally like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr Nitish Kumar certainly needs the BJP to win hugely in the forthcoming Assembly polls, and return to power.
In a coalition government, success springs from the healthy functioning of every link in the chain. We in the BJP are proud to have contributed whole-heartedly to the historic success story of Bihar’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, and place it on the path of getting Bihar out of the list of “Bimaru” states. Mr Kumar and his Janata Dal-United (JD-U) have always been appreciative of the BJP’s concrete support.
Although JD(U), a regional party, and BJP, a national party, are two distinct entities with ideological differences, it is their coalition that has won the hearts of Bihar’s people. The empathetic coordination and understanding between them has made our two parties almost inseparable.
Without the BJP, it is unimaginable for Mr Kumar to return to power. That is simply because it was as much the BJP’s solid network of committed cadres across Bihar as the JD(U)’s regional appeal that ensured victories of candidates of both the parties in the past elections.
Shortly after Bihar’s 2005 Assembly polls, it was the BJP that played a crucial role in making Mr Kumar the Chief Minister in the face of stubborn internal bickering among JD(U) leaders who were unwilling to accept him as head of the JD(U)-BJP government. It is completely incorrect to describe the BJP as a weakened political force in Bihar. This impression is partly caused by the media’s projections of the NDA government in Bihar. Just because the face gets better visibility, and becomes the recognition point, it does not mean the rest of the body is defunct. The BJP is a cadre-based party. It functions in Bihar at the grassroots levels with the help of several cultural organisations working actively with a nationalist zeal. Our people are active in each of Bihar’s 54,000 polling booths and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh runs 32,000 schools across Bihar. The Chief Minister understands this.
The BJP has never compromised with its self-respect anywhere, including Bihar. With its sheer cadre strength, proven commitment, and greatly widened appeal in Bihar, the party’s future is very bright in this state.
Bihar needs Mr Nitish Kumar. His government’s epoch-making achievements have placed him in a class apart, making him the man that Bihar needs more than anything else. Being a leader who is naturally acceptable to every section of society, regardless of caste and religion in a fiercely identity-driven state, Mr Kumar is going to be the natural choice for Bihar’s electorate. Although he ran a coalition government, he strived hard to put the good of Bihar over everything else in the past five years. His successes are visible across the state after the long darkness of the 15 years of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress misrule.
The JD(U) and the BJP in Mr Kumar’s coalition government have assiduously stuck to their common minimum programme so as to create development milestones in the face of obstacles by Opposition parties. But behind every success story written by this government stands the towering leadership and vision of the chief minister. To deny this is to falsify facts.
While the minorities and the dalits of Bihar had got almost nothing other than lofty promises and resounding pronouncements of secularism from previous governments, Mr Kumar’s vision and action gave them solid benefits and raised their self-confidence. It is Mr Kumar who, as the face of the JD(U)-BJP government, inspires faith and hope in Bihar’s Muslims. Bihar has been free from any communal tension in Kumar’s regime. Its dalits who wonder why other parties, involved in dalit politics did so little for them.
The JD(U), the senior partner in the state government, is on a superbly solid platform today. Last year’s Lok Sabha poll results bore ample evidence of this. While alliance with the BJP helped the JD(U) to come to power in the 2005 Assembly polls, the JD(U)’s reach has penetrated remote corners of the state due to the chief minister’s leadership, and the attention paid by his government to implementation of welfare projects. No other chief minister has visited as many villages and spoken to as many ordinary people individually as Mr Kumar.
Any comparison between Mr Kumar and Orissa’s Mr Naveen Patnaik (in the context of relations with the BJP) — however facile — must not overlook the fact that Mr Patnaik gained strength and legacy from his legendary father, while in Bihar Mr Kumar built his strength brick by brick. The people of Bihar are wise enough to decide for themselves.

A well performing Chief Minister and a man with least petty political behaviour is finally jumping into the dirty political bandwagon. Nitish Kumar, Bihar C.M’s onslaught against Narendra Modi and trying to create a secular image will backfire on Kumar. The alliance between BJP and JD (U) can win majority of seats in the upcoming assembly elections. If Nitish Kumar thinks that he can win alone a majority then he is living in his sand castle when there is warning about political storm. It is better in the interests of Nitish Kumar to maintain silence and carry on with the alliance to continue the good work done for Bihar.

Shivanand Tiwary and Giriraj Singh debates in The Deccan Chronicle, 17 June 2010

To talk about this is to state the obvious. After five years of running a successful government in Bihar, with the cordial cooperation of a long-trusted, mature ally like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr Nitish Kumar certainly needs the BJP to win hugely in the forthcoming Assembly polls, and return to power.
In a coalition government, success springs from the healthy functioning of every link in the chain. We in the BJP are proud to have contributed whole-heartedly to the historic success story of Bihar’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, and place it on the path of getting Bihar out of the list of “Bimaru” states. Mr Kumar and his Janata Dal-United (JD-U) have always been appreciative of the BJP’s concrete support.
Although JD(U), a regional party, and BJP, a national party, are two distinct entities with ideological differences, it is their coalition that has won the hearts of Bihar’s people. The empathetic coordination and understanding between them has made our two parties almost inseparable.
Without the BJP, it is unimaginable for Mr Kumar to return to power. That is simply because it was as much the BJP’s solid network of committed cadres across Bihar as the JD(U)’s regional appeal that ensured victories of candidates of both the parties in the past elections.
Shortly after Bihar’s 2005 Assembly polls, it was the BJP that played a crucial role in making Mr Kumar the Chief Minister in the face of stubborn internal bickering among JD(U) leaders who were unwilling to accept him as head of the JD(U)-BJP government.
It is completely incorrect to describe the BJP as a weakened political force in Bihar. This impression is partly caused by the media’s projections of the NDA government in Bihar. Just because the face gets better visibility, and becomes the recognition point, it does not mean the rest of the body is defunct. The BJP is a cadre-based party. It functions in Bihar at the grassroots levels with the help of several cultural organisations working actively with a nationalist zeal. Our people are active in each of Bihar’s 54,000 polling booths and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh runs 32,000 schools across Bihar. The Chief Minister understands this.The BJP has never compromised with its self-respect anywhere, including Bihar. With its sheer cadre strength, proven commitment, and greatly widened appeal in Bihar, the party’s future is very bright in this state.—
Bihar needs Mr Nitish Kumar. His government’s epoch-making achievements have placed him in a class apart, making him the man that Bihar needs more than anything else.Being a leader who is naturally acceptable to every section of society, regardless of caste and religion in a fiercely identity-driven state, Mr Kumar is going to be the natural choice for Bihar’s electorate. Although he ran a coalition government, he strived hard to put the good of Bihar over everything else in the past five years. His successes are visible across the state after the long darkness of the 15 years of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress misrule.
The JD(U) and the BJP in Mr Kumar’s coalition government have assiduously stuck to their common minimum programme so as to create development milestones in the face of obstacles by Opposition parties. But behind every success story written by this government stands the towering leadership and vision of the chief minister. To deny this is to falsify facts.
While the minorities and the dalits of Bihar had got almost nothing other than lofty promises and resounding pronouncements of secularism from previous governments, Mr Kumar’s vision and action gave them solid benefits and raised their self-confidence. It is Mr Kumar who, as the face of the JD(U)-BJP government, inspires faith and hope in Bihar’s Muslims. Bihar has been free from any communal tension in Kumar’s regime. Its dalits who wonder why other parties, involved in dalit politics did so little for them.
The JD(U), the senior partner in the state government, is on a superbly solid platform today. Last year’s Lok Sabha poll results bore ample evidence of this. While alliance with the BJP helped the JD(U) to come to power in the 2005 Assembly polls, the JD(U)’s reach has penetrated remote corners of the state due to the chief minister’s leadership, and the attention paid by his government to implementation of welfare projects. No other chief minister has visited as many villages and spoken to as many ordinary people individually as Mr Kumar.
Any comparison between Mr Kumar and Orissa’s Mr Naveen Patnaik (in the context of relations with the BJP) — however facile — must not overlook the fact that Mr Patnaik gained strength and legacy from his legendary father, while in Bihar Mr Kumar built his strength brick by brick. The people of Bihar are wise enough to decide for themselves.

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