26 Jan 2024

Bihar News: Political upheaval engulfs Bihar; did Nitish Kumar not answer Lalu Yadav's call?

Amidst escalating tensions within the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is rumore6d to be considering a breakaway, possibly reuniting with the BJP. The political landscape in Bihar is in flux, with constant updates indicating a potential shift in alliances and heightened uncertainties. 

Speculation surrounds the relationship between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav, raising questions about the stability of their political friendship. There is widespread discussion suggesting the imminent announcement of JDU's return to the NDA.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's call went unanswered?

Adding to the drama, reports indicate that when RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav attempted to reach out to Nitish Kumar, the call went unanswered. This incident echoes the events of 2017 when Nitish Kumar separated from the Grand Alliance, informing Lalu Yadav of the decision through a last-minute phone call.

As the political landscape rapidly evolves, the BJP leadership in Delhi convened discussions with prominent leaders from Bihar. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda held. meetings. Deliberations with state BJP president Samrat Chaudhary, Sushil Modi, and Vijay Kumar Sinha took place, sparking speculation about JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar's potential return to the BJP fold.

Nitish Kumar's Ninth Term as CM Likely on January 28

Sources suggest that Nitish Kumar might be sworn in for an unprecedented ninth term as Chief Minister on January 28, with BJP leader Sushil Kumar set to take the oath as Deputy Chief Minister. This development comes after a meeting in New Delhi between Bihar BJP leaders and party officials, indicating the BJP's openness to welcoming Nitish Kumar back into its ranks. Meanwhile, negotiations intensify at Lalu Prasad Yadav's residence as Mahagathbandhan partners strive to retain their grip on power.

Lalu's Offer to Santosh Manjhi for Deputy CM Post

Political turmoil has gripped all three major camps – BJP, RJD, and JDU – with efforts to influence MLAs underway. Amid the chaos in Patna, JDU instructs its party MLAs to converge on the capital, while RJD leaders hold an emergency meeting at the residence of former CM Rabri Devi. 

Intense discussions focus on potential options for forming a government even after Nitish Kumar's departure. Reports suggest that Lalu Yadav has approached Hindustani Awam Morcha Hum Party President Jitan Ram Manjhi, offering the Deputy CM position to his son, Santosh Manjhi. However, Santosh Manjhi rejects the news, affirming his allegiance to the NDA.

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