New Delhi, June 19: Mathmatically speaking, Nitish Kumar did not need those votes. But the Congress is looking beyond maths. It voted for Nitish to give him a decent number in trust vote today, and exposed itself.
By giving unsolicited support, the Congress is soliciting allies and sending message to potential allies.
Nitish Kumar's JDU was not counting on the Congress votes, at least officially, but four members of the Congress voted for him to take the winning total to 126. The total looks thumping considering that only 24 voted against with the BJP's 91 walking out before the vote.
The required number to win the vote was 122 and the JDU was assured of support of four independents, one LJP and one CPI legislator. What Nitish Kumar got finally was the support of JDU's 117 legislators, four independents, four of the Congress and the sole Communist Party of India member. One JDU legislator is in jail. Ironically, Nitish Kumar himself could not vote as he is a member of the Upper House.
With just four votes, the Congress is looking to gain more. To start with, it will bring discomfort in BJP camp.
Senior Congress leaders have been making overtures to Nitish Kumar. On Monday, the Prime Minister praised him as "a secular leader." Nitish Kumar responded with a thank you, faster than gale winds of current monsoon.
When asked if a new alliance is in the making, Manmoha Sindh had responded, In politics there are no permanent friends or enemies. "We decide as the situation evolves."
After winning trust vote today, Nitish in a chat with reporters thanked the Congress party for voting in favour of the trust motion. "But if you think that there was some discussion (between JD(U) and Congress) about future, there has been no discussion," he said.
The day ended with breaking of trust with one and beginning of trust with another.
However, politics is not about trust but about opportunism and both Nitish and the Congress leadership have demonstrated it on the day Rahul Gandhi celebrated his 43rd birthday.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>When time came to take fight against Congress to its decisive end, Nitish ji now cannot see congress driven corruption & inflation.</p>— Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShahnawazBJP/statuses/347217586217435138">June 19, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>We did not want communal forces to succeed that is why we supported Nitish Kumar's government in Bihar Assembly today-P C Chacko,Congress</p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/347309426723651584">June 19, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>