Patna: On Wednesday, Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha declared that the top post in Bihar could soon have a vacancy.
He claimed, that chief minister Nitish Kumar has reached a “saturation point in power and he wants to step down”, reported NDTV. Kushwaha, while addressing his party’s youth workers in Patna, insisted that “no one knows Nitish Kumar better than him” and during a chat, he had shared that after 15 years in power, he was inclined to move on.
Kumar or his party are yet to comment on the claim made by the Union Minister. Although both leaders are BJP allies in Bihar, their relationship hit the rocks once it became clear that Nitish Kumar would get as many seats as the BJP – at the cost of smaller allies like Kushwaha.
In September, Kushwaha said a leader in Bihar NDA did not want Narendra Modi to head the government for another term, without naming anyone — but it was considered by many that he hinted at Nitish Kumar, who parted company with the BJP in 2013 over its decision to pitch Modi, the then CM of Gujarat, as the NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate, reported the website.
But last week, after BJP chief Amit Shah’s announcement of going equal share with Nitish Kumar, Upendra Kushwaha met with opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav, the son of Lalu Yadav.
Under the new seat sharing formula, Nitish Kumar, who had been holding out for as many seats as the BJP, will get his wish. The allies who would have to tighten their belts will be Kushwaha and Paswan, who would lose one seat each. This time Kushwaha is understood to have been offered just two seats, as per reports.