Nitish is Janata Parivar’s CM candidate for Bihar

New Delhi, (NDTV): Nitish Kumar will lead an anti-BJP coalition for this year’s Bihar Assembly elections, said Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today, thanking Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal for nominating Mr Kumar to be the alliance’s presumptive chief minister.


Mulayam Singh’s announcement ended days of speculation that the proposed alliance between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and Lalu Prasad’s RJD in the state would be a non-starter, as senior leaders of both parties made tough public statements on the issue of choosing a chief ministerial candidate.

By Mulayam Singh’s side at his Delhi residence today sat Lalu Prasad, who said, “I had asked Mulayam ji to decide and said we’ll all accept it. Nitish Kumar is our chief ministerial candidate.”

Mr Prasad added, “No one from the RJD is interested in becoming chief minister.” The Congress and other parties that will be a part of the Bihar alliance have said they back projecting Nitish Kumar as chief ministerial candidate.

Lalu Prasad, also a former chief minister, cannot run for office due to his conviction in a corruption case earlier.

Both Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh emphasised today that the alliance’s chief aim is to stop the BJP from adding Bihar to its kitty of states.

Over the last few weeks, senior RJD leaders like Raghuvansh Prasad Yadav said Nitish Kumar’s candidacy for the chief minister’s post was not acceptable to them. JD(U) leaders hit back, insisting Mr Kumar must lead any alliance that they are a part of.

By making Lalu Prasad recommend Nitish Kumar’s name today, Mulayam Singh Yadav tried to signal unity in the ranks of the nation-wide partnership of socialist parties that he leads.

But in a telling appeal, Lalu Prasad asked workers of both the RJD and the JD(U) to ensure the victory of the coalition.

After decades of bitter rivalry, Lalu and Nitish came together last year after being trounced by the BJP in the national election. The experiment brought dividend in bye-elections held for 10 seats – they won six.


  1. All ‘appa-maga’ parties seem to join hands to take on Modi juggernaut. I can see Devve Gowda, Laalu yaadava and Mulaam Yaadava holding hands with ‘hotte uri’ Nitisha Kumaara!! It shows how weak these parties are in their own backyard!! smiles…

    • Dear Original R Paimaam, the BJP went through much more insulting ordeals from 1984 to 2014. Do not boast as if there is no tomorrow.

      From that “keechad” Modi has blossomed in to a “kamal”. But as is evident, “Keechad ka Kamal” has a short life span, before it withers out and its petals become “keechad” again!

      • As usual, our revisionist historian and a congress loyalist BN Pai tries to change the subject in response to my earlier post. BJP was a young party back in 1984. All these appa-maga parties have been around for many years and enjoyed power including Chief Minister positions. Plus, this is happening in their own backyard (Bihar)!! smiles…

        • Original R. Paimaam claims, “BJP was a young party back in 1984”!

          Sir, BJP is a “”trice born party. It was really born in 1925 as RSS. Even today it continues as the political fekade of the RSS. BJP is always controlled by the RSS remote control. RSS has clandestinely usurped the political power, yet without political accountability to the people of India!

          When the first home minister of India, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, banned the RSS, it was born again as a camouflaged political party by name Bharatiya Jana Sangh. It “merged” its identity to defeat Congress with Jayaprakash Narayan in 1977. Morarji Desai, the P M , asked it to cut its identity with RSS and Lo! the next avatar was born as BJP! Therefore BJP was born in 1925. How could it be a young party as you falsely claim.

          When I tell the truth, you distort the truth and then in the true RSS fashion, you allege me to be a revisionist historian!

  2. Some people seem to entertain the illusion that the globetrotter won with a 70% vote. In actual fact, the vote that catapulted the man from the trader community of the western state to fame and tax-payer funder foreign visits all through the year was more like 30%.

    So, it does not take much effort to shake the irritant down from the national scene.

    Nitish Kumar is most likely going to be a force to reckon with. Now with the support of various other factions, we could see some major changes in the way people view politics in India.

    There are plenty of signs that Kejriwal is drawing up plans with Nitish Kumar.

    So, the globetrotter needs to hurry up if he plans to also visit the moon and Mars before being shown the door.

    • Liked your day dreaming,.! You must be knowing that Nitish and Lallu were fighting for CM post till yesterday. Lets have the final phase of seat sharing .. clear picture(puncture) will arise.
      Further .. this election is only for Bihar .. not for general — so it will take long time for your seeds to sprout subject to their survival!!

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