There isn’t any query of changing Nitish Kumar as Chief Minister of Bihar, the BJP stated at present, a day after it one-upped its ally for the primary time in elections within the state.
The BJP received 74 of Bihar’s 243 seats, taking the NDA’s tally previous the bulk mark, whereas Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United was restricted to 43.
With Nitish Kumar shedding Massive Brother standing in Bihar and the BJP gaining an higher hand for the primary time within the state the place it has by no means had a Chief Minister, there have been questions in regards to the prime job.
“Nitishji will stay Chief Minister because it was our dedication. There isn’t any confusion on this,” the BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi and Deputy Chief Minister stated at present.
In an election, he added, “some win extra and a few win much less”. “However we’re equal companions,” Sushil Modi stated.
The BJP has by no means dominated Bihar by itself and couldn’t have retained energy within the state with out Nitish Kumar. However the outcomes give the BJP leverage. Sources say in Nitish Kumar’s fourth time period, the steadiness of energy is more likely to be totally different.
A giant contributor to the modified equations is Chirag Paswan, an NDA companion who put up candidates towards Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) and is believed to have induced most harm to the Chief Minister.
Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Social gathering (LJP) ended up with only one seat however in all others it contested, it ate into the votes of the JDU, inflicting its tally to drop from 2015. There was hypothesis all through this election that Chirag Paswan’s revolt towards Nitish Kumar had the BJP’s blessings. Many assessed yesterday that junior Paswan, whose father Ram Vilas Paswan was a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cupboard, had come by means of for the BJP and helped diminish Nitish Kumar’s standing.
Chirag Paswan himself stated at present: “Sure, like all events, I too wish to win as many seats as doable, however my purpose for these elections was to make sure that the BJP emerges a stronger social gathering within the state and we’re proud of the influence we now have had.” Earlier than this, the LJP chief had at all times stated his important goal was Nitish Kumar’s defeat.
The BJP has firmly denied any secret understanding with Chirag Paswan. Sushil Modi admitted that the LJP broken Janata Dal United candidates on greater than 20 seats. However he stated: “Whether or not he’ll stay within the NDA central management, we must take a name, however he is not a part of the NDA in Bihar.”
The BJP’s Bihar chief, Sanjay Jaiswal, added: “There isn’t any doubt Nitish Kumar is our chief minister, there isn’t any query of a rethink , there isn’t any query of a junior or senior companion in an alliance.”