The rift between allies BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and JDU (Janta Dal-United) showed no indication of abating as both parties sparred over Nitish Kumar’s future as the Bihar CM after 2025. Bihar BJP party president Sanjay Jaiswal indicated that his party could rethink its strategy of projecting Nitish Kumar as the Chief Ministerial face of NDA in the upcoming assembly elections 2025. Barring a short period between May 2014 and February 2015, the former JDU chief has been the Bihar Chief Minister since 2005. In response to Jaiswal, JDU leader Upendra Kushwaha made it clear that Kumar will continue as the CM candidate even in the year 2025.
JDU’s role in Bihar
The Bihar Assembly elections 2020 witnessed a voter turnout of 57.05% against that of 56.66% in the 2015 polls. RJD, BJP, JDU, and Congress won 75, 74, 43, and 19 seats respectively.
LJP is believed to have damaged the prospects of the JDU party in 32 seats. BJP winning more seats than JDU for the first time in a Bihar assembly election led to the speculations that JDU’s clout in the alliance will reduce. The first indication of the BJP’s assertion came to the fore when two of its 4-time MLAS Renu Devi and Tarkishore Prasad were sworn in as the Deputy Chief Ministers.