Patna, July 25: Was the decision to end alliance with the BJP a gamble that could prove too costly for Nitish Kumar? For it seems the Bihar chief minister is under attack from all quarters, including a some of his own partymen, in the wake of the drastic step of dumping the BJP.
On Wednesday, a rebel JD(U) leader claimed that Kumar has been in touch with the Congress through AICC general secretary Mohan Prakash, who is in charge of Maharashtra, for a year now.
Chandraraj Singhvi, the leader who rendered his resignation to party president Sharad Yadav, accused Kumar as a self-centred man who did not discuss the decision to split with the BJP with anybody.
Decided to split with BJP on his own,didn’t discuss with anyone,a self-centered man-Chandraraj Singhvi,rebel JD(U) leader on Nitish Kumar
Decided to split with BJP on his own,didn’t discuss with anyone,a self-centered man-Chandraraj Singhvi,rebel JD(U) leader on Nitish Kumar— ANI (@ANI_news) July 24, 2013
The JD(U) tried to downplay the matter. Party leader Anwar Ali said everything was going well within the party and that he didn't even know who Singhvi is.
However, whether Anwar knows Singhvi or not, speculations about a probable alliance between the JD(U) and Congress are rife. The Congress had extended an unconditional support to the JD(U) government during the confidence vote in the assembly following the termination of the latter's 17-year-old alliance with the BJP.
The state BJP was also witnessing a serious rift. Reports sad that many party MLA swere not happy with the leadership of former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and are planning to join the JD(U). State Agirculture Minister Narendra Singh said besides the BJP MLAs, even some of the RJD workers were also in favour of a cross-over.