Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has been maligned repeatedly by the BJP, is sending a loud and clear message to the celebration’s central management. The Prime Minister skipped a number of capabilities the place the invitation got here from the celebration brass. Next on the “ignore’ list is the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Droupadi Murmu, scheduled for tomorrow. Central welfare scheme MNREGA.
On July 17, he missed a meeting of Chief Ministers called by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and appointed a proxy. The meeting to discuss issues related to the national flag, was attended by BJP’s Tarkishor Prasad.
On Friday, he again skipped a dinner for outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind, hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This time, he mentioned the swearing-in ceremony of the seven newly elected members of the legislative council — which ended at 4 p.m.
The provocation appears to be the BJP’s withdrawal of an invitation to him for the Prime Minister’s address on the centenary celebrations of the Bihar Legislative Assembly. PM Modi was encouraged to attend the meeting by Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha, who since taking office as Speaker has crossed swords with the Prime Minister several times, leading to an angry outburst by him. This is the first time that a Chief Minister has addressed the Bihar legislative assembly.
At the end of the ceremony, Mr Sinha did not even mention the five-time Chief Minister of the state. His photo is missing from the souvenir published on the occasion.
The BJP is yet to respond to his demands – including the removal of the Speaker and a demand to stop public criticism of the government by BJP state leaders.
The confrontation between the state BJP and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United started soon after Amit Shah decided to retain him as Chief Minister despite BJP’s better performance in the assembly elections. Now clashes between the two parties – often preceded by BJP provocation — have become almost a regular occurrence.
The last occasion was last month when state BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal made abusive comments about the JD(U) regarding the Agnipath scheme. The BJP has made it clear that it is not happy with the Nitish Kumar government’s handling of the protests over the short service recruitment scheme in the armed forces.
The JD(U) made it clear that they were blaming the BJP “Earlier there was limitation, there was management. Now there’s deficiency. It shouldn’t be an excellent custom,” mentioned senior cupboard minister Vijender Yadav.