Over the past 20 years, the relationship between Nitish and Modi went from love hate to love and hate back. Modi is the most important factor behind most of the major political decisions Nitish has made since 2010.
Nitish has resigned three times in the past eight years midway through his term. And Modi is the most important factor behind them.
Before that, he broke up with Janata Dal in 1994 and teamed up with George Fernandes to form the Samta Party. He became close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was appointed railway minister in the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Center in 1998.
In 2000, Nitish was sworn in as CM Bihar for the first time with the support of the BJP. But he was forced to resign in seven days because they could not get a majority. In 2003, he split from the Samta Party, merged with Janata Dal and founded JD (U).
Unlike other socialist leaders, Nitish praised Modi despite the riots in Gujarat in 2002.
While inaugurating a railway project in December 2003 at Adipur in Kutch, as then Union Railways Minister in the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Nitish spoke of Modi’s praise. .
He called Modi a “potential national leader” and a “development-oriented politician”. He even urged people to forget about the 2002 riots and move on.
Nitish said, “I hope Narendra Modi will not be confined to Gujarat for long and the nation will receive his service. I would like to congratulate the chief minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi. A lot has been done in Gujarat, but a different image of the state and of Narendra bhai has been created outside the state. The work in the state is not as public as it should be.”
He added, “What happened (in 2002) is a blur. But it won’t be good if we just remember that and forget the other things that are happening. I congratulate Narendra Bhai. The development The development of Gujarat is very helpful for India and if Gujarat grows, the country will also grow.”
Nitish was sworn in as CM Bihar for the second time in 2005. It is the first NDA government in Bihar with JD(U) and BJP as coalition partners.
Nitish’s JD(U) has won four congressional elections to date – in 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020. Except in 2015, JD(U) has contested as exploratory coalition partner with the BJP in all three other council elections.
Only between 2005 and 2010, Nitish’s tenure as Bihar CM was interrupted and without any major hiccups. Otherwise, all of his next three terms were turbulent and he resigned as CM midterm in all of these terms – between 2010 and 2015, between 2015 and 2020 and now in The last occasion was on 9 August. Modi has been a major reason behind all his resignations and tumultuous periods.
There was controversy between Nitish and Modi until 2009.
Nitish’s relationship with both Modi and the BJP first deteriorated in 2010. It was in this year that Nitish’s hatred for Modi first came to light. That was when Bihar CM, who had nurtured his own prime minister ambitions, realized that Modi, his then Gujarat counterpart, was ahead on the national political battlefield and a potential competitor. your.
He avoids association with Modi. His political stance is to keep his votes – who held Modi responsible for the killings of Muslims during the 2002 Gujarat riots – intact.
The BJP national executive meeting was held in Patna in June 2010. Nitish invited BJP senior leaders, including LK Advani, Pramod Mahajan, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, to dinner. On the same day, page-wide ads appeared in local dailies with Nitish thanking Modi for Rs 5 for flood relief.
The ad also features Modi and Nitish holding hands overhead. Pictured is a May 2009 rally by the BJP-led NDA in Ludhiana. It was this iconic photo showing the affection between the two that turned out to annoy Nitish.
Nitish made a strong exception to images and advertising. He abruptly canceled the dinner and also returned Rs 5 crore to the Gujarat government.
Nitish’s next run with BJP came in June 2013 and it once again overtook Modi. During its national executive meeting in Goa, the BJP appointed Modi on 9 June as chairman of the party’s campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Having received a clear hint that Modi’s stature in the BJP was heightened and that he would soon be expected to be the face of the party in the next general election, Nitish scrapped the BJP. Calling Modi a “community” leader, he dismissed all of the BJP’s ministers in June 2013. He runs a minority government with the support of leftist, independent and political parties. the others.
Modi was actually elevated as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate during the party’s Parliamentary Committee meeting which took place in Delhi on 13 September 2013.
Nitish’s first resignation as his mid-term Bihar CM occurred after the BJP-led NDA won the Lok Sabha election and Modi was sworn in as prime minister on 26 May. 2014. Nitish resigns due to moral responsibility for the failure of JD(U) candidates in Bihar. JD (U) won only 2 of Lok Sabha’s 40 seats in the state, while BJP won 22 seats. NDA obtained a total of 31 seats.
He installed his once loyalist Jitan Ram Manjhi as CM. However, he eliminated Manjhi and returned to the CM seat in February 2015.
For the 2015 Bihar council elections, Nitish formed a pre-poll coalition known as Mahagathbandhan (Grand Coalition) with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress. It scored an impressive victory when it defeated BJP by a large margin.
Although the RJD emerged as the biggest party, it respected the pre-poll understanding and accepted Nitish as CM.
However, RJD soon began to trouble Nitish in an attempt to take CM’s place. Their leaders encouraged him to move into national politics because he was a PM document and left the position of CM for the RJD.
It was also a time when central investigative agencies tightened their grip on some unusual allegations made by Lalu Prasad when he was Minister of Railways. His son and the vice minister Tejashwi Yadav under the lens of federal agencies in the IRCTC scam.
Trying to find an excuse to get rid of RJD, Nitish asked Tejashwi to clarify the CBI’s allegations. With no explanation given, Nitish withdrew from the alliance with the RJD because of corruption issues in July 2017 and reverted to his affiliation with the BJP.
JD(U)’s performance has dropped significantly in Bihar board election 2020. It won 43 seats compared to 71 it won in 2015. BJP seats improved to 74 compared to 53 which it won in 2015. The NDA formed the government although the RJD emerged as the largest party with 75 seats.
Nitish once again became the CM as promised to the BJP in the pre-poll interview. Luck favored him doubly. He also became CM when JD(U) won fewer seats than RJD in 2015 as part of a pre-poll deal.
As in 2015, when the RJD started claiming the position of CM, the BJP started doing so shortly after Nitish was sworn in for the seventh time.
As is being speculated and alleged by some BJP leaders, Nitish has once again begun to nurture his prime ministerial ambitions. JD(U) alleges that BJP is trying to split the party and steal their MLAs. It broke its alliance with the BJP on August 9.
Union Minister Giriraj Singh, a BJP MP Lok Sabha from Bihar, said, “Nitish’s outrageous ambitions have rekindled. But he will never be able to become Prime Minister.”
According to BJP leaders, Nitish and RJD have reached an understanding. Nitish will position himself as the joint Prime Minister candidate of the anti-Modi opposition of the NDA for the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. While he moves to Delhi, Tejashwi will succeed him in Bihar.
The relationship between Nitish and Modi turned sour again.