New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday announced its support to JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar to form the government in Bihar after Kumar submitted his resignation.
Kumar had resigned citing a crisis in the ruling Congress-JD(U)-RJD alliance. BJP leader Sushil Modi said he will personally call Kumar and “will support the government formed under him”.
Nityanand Rai and I called Nitish Ji. The BJP decides to support him; we will support the government formed under him. We will inform the governor also, he added.
The developments in Bihar reflect poorly on Congress and its vice-president’s leadership qualities. Soon after emerging from Raj Bhavan on Wednesday evening, Nitish Kumar claimed that he had done everything he could to save the alliance, including meeting Rahul Gandhi over the deadlock that arose out of Tejashwi Yadav’s decision to stay put.
This is a deeper defeat for Congress than is immediately apparent because the fading grand old party loses one more chance to remain in power in one of the key states in the Hindi heartland. Contrast Rahul with prime minister Narendra Modi, who wasted no time in extending a hand of support towards Nitish, eyes firmly set on the future.