The resolution passed by the National Council of the JDU that Nitish is a PM material has now generated a backlash from the BJP.
BJP leader and spokesperson Arvind Singh has said, “Even Tej Pratap Yadav is PM material.”
The BJP leader added in a statement sent to India Ahead that the likes of Lallan Singh and even RCP Singh within the JDU are CM material and there are CM material within the BJP as well like state president Dr Sanjay Jaiswal and even Nitya Nand Rai.
The statement of Arvind Singh comes at a time when various leaders of the JDU have been repeatedly saying that Nitish Kumar is a PM material giving rise to speculations that whether Nitish Kumar is contemplating a different role in the eventuality of a cobbled up alliance of the opposition.
Arvind Singh from the BJP is not a case in isolation. Time and again the BJP leadership in the state have bluntly pointed out that the BJP made Nitish Kumar the CM despite the fact that the JDU had far fewer seats because the BJP had projected him as the CM candidate.
Minister Samrat Chaudhary had sometimes back in a programme in Vaishali had gone to the extent of saying that the BJP cadre should think of having their own CM in 2025 and that it’s difficult to run a coalition government.
There was much backlash from the JDU on the statement of Samrat Chaudhary. But now as the JDU leadership after having taken a stand diagonally opposite to that of the BJP on issues like Article 370, Triple Talaq, Population control Bill, NRC, Caste-based census and having even demanded a probe into the Pegasus row is working to elevate the party to a national stature, a statement like Nitish is a PM material is bound to generate controversy.
The BJP has been giving out the semblance of the Ostrich syndrome but after Nitish aligning with RJD in 2015 they know it well that despite being the oldest partner the JDUis not a reliable ally.
Of late the vitriolic between the two parties is on the rise. Nitish Kumar is trying to wriggle free from the adage of being the second fiddle. Besides this, JDU seems emboldened by the results in the West Bengal polls. Many political pundits indicate that this is well-thought posturing.
Meanwhile, even Congress has reacted to the resolution passed in the JDU National Council meeting and Prem Chandra Mishra has said, “First Nitish Kumar should break free from the control of the BJP.”
Arvind Singh added that “A diamond does not say that it is worth a lakh.” But the way the BJP leaders have started to react to the resolution now is a clear indication that the party is not happy with it.