25 September, 2020

Friendly Litti, Spycy Chokha: Police Letter Hints At Widening Rift Between BJP, JD(U) In Bihar

A controversial Bihar Police letter asking the Special Branch to 'spy' on the RSS has not amused the BJP. Did JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar know about it?

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Friendly Litti, Spycy Chokha: Police Letter Hints At Widening Rift Between BJP, JD(U) In Bihar
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2019-07-27T18:38:00+05:30

Stealth, surveillance, stakeout—and subterfuge, sometimes—are common devices the enemy employs to bone up on its rivals. When similar tactics are deployed against a partner-in-power, trouble touches the shore. The case in point is a recent order to the Bihar Police’s Special Branch to ‘spy’ on the Rashtriya Swa­yamsevak Sangh (RSS)—the BJP’s ideological fountainhead—and many of its affiliates. The move has set off speculation over the fate of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (Uni­ted)-BJP coalition government ahead of the 2020 assembly elections.

The genesis of this ninjutsu operation can be traced to a letter—dated May 28 and posted barely five days after the BJP retained power at the Centre with a massive 3-nought-3 verdict, and two days before Narendra Modi’s NDA government was to be sworn in for a second term. The missive from the superintendent of police (general) of the Special Branch, which reports to the home dep­artment headed by the chief minister himself, was clear. It directed...

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