Rajat Sharma Blog: How BJP is grooming its Bihar leadership for 2025 | BJP is preparing its Bihar leadership for 2025On November 17, 2020 by admin
Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the 7th time on Monday. 12 other ministers were also sworn in at the swearing-in ceremony in Patna. Among them, there were 5-5 ministers from BJP and JDU, while one each from HAM and VIP. The great thing is that this team is not chosen by the captain himself, but this team is given by selecting him.
Everything looked fine from above, but inside a lot of questions were raised. The first question was that why Sushil Kumar Modi, who was the Deputy Chief Minister in Nitish Kumar’s government, was kept out of the cabinet this time? Speculation about his future is still sharp. The BJP has emerged as a senior partner for the first time in Bihar’s government and has become Nitish Kumar’s JDU junior partner. That is why it is being asked whether Nitish Kumar will be imposed more than before.
The BJP has made a new minister except for one. In such a situation, the question arises that what will happen to the old experienced BJP leaders? Nitish Kumar has given most of the old and experienced leaders of JDU a place in the cabinet, so the question is what will happen to the new leaders of JDU?
This will be 69-year-old Nitish Kumar’s last innings as Chief Minister. On Monday, all eyes were set on the two Deputy Chief Ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, who sat next to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the dais. Both of them replaced former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who was a confidant of Nitish Kumar. Sushil Kumar Modi also used to coordinate between BJP and Nitish Kumar. When Nitish Kumar was asked after swearing if he would find it difficult this time, his reply was, “The people have given us responsibility, they will do.”
Nitish Kumar speaks less and always speaks very thoughtfully and subtly. He did not say anything on Sushil Modi’s question. Even though the BJP leadership has kept Sushil Modi away from the government this time, both the new Deputy Chief Ministers of Bihar are being told of their choice. Tarkishore Prasad, 64, belongs to the same Vaishya caste from which Sushil Modi comes. He is an old loyalist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and has been a 4-time MLA from Katihar Assembly. Tarkishore Prasad is a grassroots activist of the BJP and has a strong hold in Katihar, Purnia, Kishanganj, Araria districts of Seemanchal, which is adjacent to West Bengal. It is clear that next year’s elections in Bengal are also on the mind of the party leadership.
Renu Devi, a former insurance agent, belongs to the Nonia caste, which belongs to the extremely backward class. Renu Devi joined the Durga Vahini of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in 1991 when Lalu Prasad Yadav, the then Chief Minister of Bihar, stopped LK Advani’s Rath Yatra in Samastipur. She later joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and became one of the leading women leaders. By making her the Deputy Chief Minister, the party leadership wishes to thank the women voters who have supported the NDA this time.
The message is clear: BJP wants to develop a new leadership in Bihar in place of Sushil Modi. Since Nitish Kumar has already announced that this is his last election, BJP knows very well that it will have to contest the 2025 assembly elections alone. The central leaders of the BJP want the state unit of the party to use these 5 years to create a new leadership. The second thing is that who will be his successor in Nitish Kumar’s party, this too has to be decided in the next 5 years. That is why Nitish has taken care of the equation of castes by taking his closest and most loyal people into the cabinet. These close acquaintances of Nitish include Vijay Chaudhary, Ashok Chaudhary and Mevalal Chaudhary.
One of Nitish Kumar’s closest confidants is Vijay Chaudhary Bhumihar and was a speaker in the previous assembly. Ashok Chaudhary, who left the Congress to join the JDU, is a Dalit (Pasi caste) and the right-hand man of Nitish Kumar. Mevalal Chaudhary belongs to the backward class and comes from the Kushwaha caste. Mevalal Chaudhary has been brought forward after Upendra Kushwaha parted ways with his party. Kushwaha’s party has performed poorly in these elections. Sheila Mandal, who was a housewife till last year, was given the party ticket for the first time and was also made a minister after winning the election. By making him a minister, Nitish wants to thank the women voters who supported him to ban the sale of liquor in the state.
Both BJP and JDU are trying to prepare their future leadership in the state in the next 5 years. This is in sharp contrast to Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD, which is relying on only one man and his family. Tejashwi, his party and all other allies of the Grand Alliance boycotted the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, alleging that the NDA had betrayed the mandate, and replaced it with deception. I think Tejashwi Yadav should not have boycotted the swearing-in ceremony. He should have shown some maturity, big heart. There are victories and defeats in a democracy, but there should not be such bitterness in the relationship that the matter reaches personal enmity.
As the leader of a strong grand alliance with 110 MLAs in the assembly, Tejashwi Yadav has an important responsibility. As leader of the opposition, Tejashwi will have to find flaws in the functioning of the government and its policies, criticizing them. So they have to keep their thinking big. Tejashwi is just 31 years old and he has a long way to go. He has to take his role as leader of the opposition very seriously. They should also take lessons from leaders who are in opposition, but do not take their role seriously. Rahul Gandhi is one of them. (Rajat Sharma)
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