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Bihar CM Political Flip-Flops: A Look at Nitish Kumar About-Turns.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is considering a return to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after less than 18 months of forming a government with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress in the ‘mahagathbandhan’ coalition. This would be a second volte-face for Kumar, who quit the NDA in 2022, accusing the BJP of engineering a split in his party, Janata Dal (United).

Kumar’s Political Flip-Flops:

First switch: In 2005, Kumar formed his first government in alliance with the BJP. However, he broke up with the BJP in 2013, ending the JD(U)-BJP’s 17-year alliance, reportedly due to his displeasure with Narendra Modi’s announcement as the prime ministerial candidate.

Second switch: In 2014, Kumar stepped down as Bihar CM and placed Jiten Ram Manjhi in his post, taking responsibility for his party’s downfall in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He survived the floor test with the support of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD, once his arch-rival. The ‘mahagathbandhan’ made a sweeping victory in the 2015 assembly polls, and Kumar reclaimed the CM’s seat. However, his displeasure grew again, as he couldn’t stand that his party came out to be a smaller force in a larger coalition, with the RJD enjoying the people’s majority mandate.

Third switch: In 2020, Kumar was concerned about his diminished autonomy after the BJP overpowered his party in the seat tally. The coalition fell apart in 2022 after differences were broiling for two years. The JD(U) accused the BJP of plotting to split the party and severed ties. His party gained majority in the assembly once again with RJD’s support, and Kumar has been holding onto his CM’s post since then.

If Kumar joins the NDA again, it would be the fourth such move in the past decade, which is why he is at times addressed as ‘paltu ram’ in a jeering manner. This would deal a blow to the Opposition alliance, the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), which Kumar spearheaded to take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.

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