Within twenty four hours of resigning as Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar again took oath sixth time with its former alliance partner BJP. Senior BJP leader in Bihar, Sushil Modi who was Nitish Kumar’s deputy from 2005 to 2013 has been again sworn in as deputy chief minister . The return of Nitish within NDA fold amounts to a kind of ‘ghar vyapsi’ ( home coming) to enjoy the sukh of ‘family power’.
With this development Nitish proved himself that he is a ‘Chanakya of Bihar politics’. Politics is a game of power and this has been vividly demonstrated in the u turn of Nitish Kumar. What impacts such development will have on the political health of the country is another issue to be introspected from the point of view of its ethical and moral compass , however students of Indian politics would find a good lesson of theory of realism and power-politics.
Though this political development is a set back to presumably ‘secular political forces’ of the country and indicates an aura of invincibility of Prime Minister Modi, Indian politics is too fluid to be predicted. This development will have definite repercussions on the emerging coalition of social and political forces as India moves towards 2019 parliamentary elections, nonetheless it is too early to predict a verdict in favour of Mr Modi- led BJP, notwithstanding the favourable political condition and good work done by the government. Whether Modi or else, what India needs a decisive and development oriented leadership, which the likes of Lalu or Mawayati or Mamta or Rahul can not provide.