The Janata Dal (United), led by Nitish Kumar, the Bihar Chief Minister, has decided to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance(NDA) and is expected to get two ministerial berths in the Union Cabinet reshuffle that is long overdue. This would be Nitish Kumar third ‘home-coming’ and each time he had played his cards cleverly, tactically.
The party had broken its alliance with the NDA in 2013 after being together for two decades. This time he broke from the ‘grand alliance’ that had kept the BJP-led alliance from making a clean sweep of the northern states. The Modi rhetoric and Amit Shah magic did not work in Bihar.
But the rainbow coalition of the Lalu Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal and JDU came unstuck with Nitish Kumar stating that there is no alternative to Modi in the Lok Sabha elections two years away. With that possibly his dreams of being prime minister also vanished.
Meanwhile there is confusion in the ranks of the JDU with Sharad Yadav being removed as the Rajya Sabha leader of the party for speaking against the alliance, but he has not been suspended. All that the party had done was to serve him a stern warning that the party secretary, KC Tyagi, issued to Yadav.
All he said was that he could attend the JDU national executive but he should desist from attending Lalu Yadav’s program.
‘Sharad Yadav is invited for the JD (U) national executive meet and he can sort out differences, but he shouldn't attend Lalu Yadav's programme. We will lose our faith in him, if he does so," Tyagi said ominously.