17 January, 2021

Formidable But Tricky

A cow-belt alliance to cover all bases

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PM meets CM Nitish Kumar ­(centre) and deputy CM Sushil Modi
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Formidable But Tricky

Bihar Assembly Poll 2015

58+71 ⁄ 243

  • Nitish, Laloo and Congress fought together and won, but BJP got the highest voteshare (24.4 per cent); JD(U) bagged 71 seats with 16.8 per cent of the votes


Last week’s triple embarrassment in the Rajasthan bypolls may have prompted the BJP brass to do some stocktaking, but for Nitish Kumar it holds no dark portent going forward to 2019. Far from it, the Bihar chief minister gives off an air of quiet confidence on the question of the NDA retaining power at the Centre. “There should be no misgivings about the victory of this alliance,” Nitish told reporters after the Lok Samvad programme in Patna on Monday. “It’s not proper to link the Congress’s success in Raja­sthan with the Lok Sabha elections.”

Yet, is there a hint of misgiving? None whatsoever as far as Bihar itself is concerned, where the JD(U) shares the optimism of its chief. “Our alliance is a tried-and-tested one,” Sanjay Jha,...



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