RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav, who boycotted Nitish Kumar’s Monday night swearing in ceremony, did be part of the LJP’s Chirag Paswan in congratulating the JDU chief after he was confirmed as Chief Minister of Bihar for an unprecedented sixth time.
Nonetheless, like Mr Paswan, Tejashwi Yadav additionally took the chance for a dig on the JDU boss, praising Nitish Kumar for being “nominated” to the put up – to remind him, as soon as once more, that his social gathering had carried out nicely under par and that he had solely retained his job as a result of the BJP opted to not train its newfound “huge brother” standing to put in one in every of its personal as chief minister.
“Greatest needs to revered Nitish Kumarji for being ‘nominated’ Chief Minister. I hope, as a substitute of pursuing his ambitions, he’ll fulfill aspirations of the general public and the NDA’s promise of 19 lakh jobs, and can make employment, well being, earnings technology, irrigation his precedence,” Mr Yadav tweeted.
Tejashwi Yadav led a robust marketing campaign within the lately concluded Bihar election and his social gathering emerged because the single-largest with 75 seats. He ran on a platform that focused Nitish Kumar on a number of points, together with lack of growth in Bihar and mismanagement of the Covid disaster.
The RJD chief’s promise of 10 lakh authorities jobs – for a state the place unemployment ranges are among the many worst in India – made explicit headlines, with hundreds drawn to Mr Yadav’s rallies.
A visibly irritated Nitish Kumar, dealing with a robust anti-incumbency wave, hit again with private assaults. He dismissed Tejashwi Yadav as inexperienced and the declare of 10 lakh jobs as “bogus”. He additionally referred to the 15-year rule of Mr Yadav’s mother and father – Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi.
The BJP, although, rapidly sensed jobs was a speaking level with voters, particularly when the Covid lockdown and migrants disaster had left the poorest disadvantaged of livelihoods and struggling to outlive, and, regardless of Nitish Kumar’s caustic feedback, promised 19 lakh jobs to Mr Yadav’s 10 lakh.
Nitish Kumar was additionally attacked over his “ambition” to remain in energy – this time by Chirag Paswan, who claimed the JDU chief would stand “with fingers folded and head bowed” earlier than Mr Yadav.
After a spirited marketing campaign that appeared to depart Mr Kumar and the JDU getting ready to defeat – exit polls predicted a win for the opposition – the ruling JDU-BJP bounced again to say victory.
The distinction was a robust exhibiting by the BJP, which claimed 74 seats to the JDU’s 43 to prop up Nitish Kumar and take the NDA over the ending line. The win was a reversal of fortunes – in 2015 the JDU had 71 and the BJP 53 – and left Mr Kumar’s hopes within the BJP’s fingers.
The BJP had burdened that Mr Kumar would stay within the high put up if the NDA was re-elected. Nonetheless, the margins triggered hypothesis he may be dropped.
Final week Nitish Kumar mentioned the choice on a chief ministerial candidate can be taken by the NDA – an announcement seen as a sign of nervousness. On Sunday, although, the newly-elected NDA legislators met and named Nitish Kumar as their Chief Minister.
The BJP does, nonetheless, have two deputies from their ranks in comparison with the one within the final time period. Sushil Kumar Modi has been changed by Renu Devi and Tarkishore Prasad.