Last Update: January 16, 2023, 11:18 AM IST
With top leaders of the JDU-RJD alliance tipping the political landscape of Bihar, another twist may not happen soon, but with disquiet among many senior leaders, cracks are certainly visible in the ruling coalition at the grassroots levels.
‘Ramcharitmanas’ controversy started because of Bihar Education Minister Chandrashekhar, who belongs to the RJD and says the religious text “promotes social discrimination”, has highlighted these cracks. Not only JDU is unhappy with the statement, but RJD is also divided over the controversy considering its potential to anger the majority community. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar There has been a stoic silence on the matter, while Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav broke his silence on Sunday, saying the alliance was strong and was aware of the statements made by “bayan-veers”.
After Nitish Kumar made it clear that Tejashwi Yadav would be the Chief Minister in 2025, there is a sense of rift in JDU. BJP leaders claim that senior JDU leaders are worried about their future and some of them are in touch with the BJP.
A prominent character in this circle is senior JDU leader Upendra Kushwaha, who has been highly critical of the education minister’s statement, saying that such statements by RJD leaders help the BJP.
Kushwaha has been targeting his Chief Minister as well. JDU leaders say Kushwaha’s ouster from the party is imminent as he had harbored hopes of becoming the Deputy Chief Minister, but was denied. He was the first Union minister when he was with the BJP.
BJP MP from Bihar Pradeep Singh has raised a cat among pigeons by saying that BJP can do ‘Maharashtra’ in Bihar by taking JDU leaders along.
Meanwhile, JDU has fumed against the education minister’s statement. From the party’s state president Lallan Singh demanding action against the minister to JDU leader Ashok Chowdhary demanding a withdrawal of the statement and an apology from the minister, there has been condemnation from all quarters and the JDU has insisted that it will destroy all religious books. respects.
Split in RJD
RJD has also split due to Chandrashekhar’s statement. The party’s state chief Jagadanand Singh has said that he is standing like a rock with the education minister and advocates that ‘Mandal will never be defeated by Kamandal’. RJD vice-president Shivanand Tiwari, however, disagreed with this and called the minister’s statement wrong. Tiwari said that only the statements of Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi should be taken into consideration on this issue.
BJP leaders claim that Lalu Prasad wants Tejashwi Yadav to be made the Chief Minister this year itself and hence the rift between the JDU and RJD leadership is coming to the fore in the Chandrashekhar case, in which RJD is using its clout. This shows Chandrasekhar sticking to his guns and refusing to take back his statement or apologize for the same.
“I stand by what I said. I am not against Ramcharitmanas but against a particular chaupai and I always skip it while reading the book as it stands against the backward and spreads hatred in the society,” Chandrasekhar Describing the JDU-RJD alliance as ‘anti-Hindu’, the BJP took advantage of this opportunity and Union Minister Ashwini Choubey also sat on a ‘silent fast’ in Bihar in protest against it.
Will RJD take action against Chandrashekhar to remove tension in the ruling coalition? The jury is out in Bihar, while the coalition is yet to complete six months in power.
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