The political stage witnessed a significant shift as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ascended to the helm of the Janata Dal (United) during the party’s national executive meeting in the capital, marking a pivotal moment speculated as Kumar’s foray into national ambitions for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing the gathering, the 70-year-old leader emphasized the need to showcase Bihar’s accomplishments on a national scale. “I didn’t seek any post. The good work we have done in Bihar has to be publicized across the country. I will travel to different states. The BJP doesn’t allow us to highlight our achievements,” Kumar remarked during the meeting.
The transition of leadership occurred as Rajiv Ranjan Singh, also known as Lalan Singh, stepped down from his role as the JD(U) chief, proposing Nitish Kumar’s name for the top party position. Denying speculations of discord between the leaders, JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi asserted party unity, stating, “Our party remains united, there are no differences between Nitish Kumar and Lalan Singh.”
The meeting witnessed the passage of several resolutions, including advocating for a caste-based census at the national level. Tyagi disclosed Kumar’s plans to commence a campaign from Jharkhand in January, signaling the CM’s authorization to negotiate seat-sharing agreements with allies. JD(U) is an integral part of the opposition ‘INDIA’ bloc.
Bihar Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary shed light on the transition, stating, “There will be a national executive meeting of JD(U). If they accept our proposal, then Nitish Kumar will be the party president. Lalan Singh conveyed to CM Nitish Kumar his election commitments, expressing his intent to pass on the party presidency, a decision that Kumar accepted.”
This isn’t Nitish Kumar’s first stint as the party president. In 2016, he assumed the role, succeeding Sharad Yadav. A year later, Kumar orchestrated a political realignment by parting ways with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and forging an alliance with the BJP.
In a political rollercoaster, Kumar severed ties with the BJP last year, reinstating his alliance with the RJD, marking a significant pivot in Bihar’s political landscape.
As Nitish Kumar undertakes the leadership mantle of JD(U) once more, speculations abound regarding his strategic positioning in the national political sphere, laying the groundwork for the much-anticipated 2024 Lok Sabha elections.