"It would have been more principled of Nitish to dissolve his government and seek a fresh mandate from the electorate rather than hang on to office with the help of those who, till now, were his political foes".
Nitish will have to prove his strength on the floor of the assembly on July 28 (Friday) and, as is the practice in India, these are hard horse-trading times.
The outspoken Nitish Kumar took the oath as Bihar's chief minister just hours after standing down in protest at corruption allegations against his last coalition partner. "I would like to ask him why he quit the alliance and toppled the government", said Tejashwi. You can fool the country, but you can't fool a politically astute Bihari. "Lalu Prasad Yadav, who stands for corruption, has been vindicated", he said. It is thus hard to imagine that Nitish was unaware of Lalu's corruption when he rode on his back to power after shunning the BJP for allegedly failing to protect secularism. But the slender margin, Nitish's party believes, will be turned into a massive support when MLAs from other parties break rank and back the new regime with the same chief minister "Mr Clean" at the helm. However, his misconduct was limited to his political survival only.
The sequence of events that led to Nitish Kumar joining forces with the BJP is, essentially, politics at its finest.
Nitish Kumar could not dare to sack me The BJP is greedy.
Nitish Kumar has shown the meanest moral character forming alliance with BJP to remain in power. No matter what Nitish's critics might say, it was Lalu Prasad, the supreme leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) who left him with no other choice.
The wily politician that Kumar is, he then swore to stop BJP's Victory March at the hustings. The swearing-in took place a day after Nitish snapped ties with the RJD and the Congress. He has overcome a serious obstacle from within the NDA alliance in the form of Nitish Kumar. Today, it's formalised. It's impossible that Nitish could have sailed with Lalu Yadav and his clan for a full term. As is the case with political messaging in general, the reality is more complex and has less to do with principles and ideology than opportunism and personal ambitions. And yet, he suddenly became a trusted "secular" champion the moment he spoke out against Mr Modi. "The mandate was for governance", he said in a short speech in the assembly.
"Narendra Modi bided his time".
Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar are "enemies".
In politics, there are no permanent friends but only permanent interests. "They can do anything for power", he told reporters when asked about the developments in Bihar.
He further assured that public will teach them a lesson.