“Why Nitish Kumar leading the charge against Narendra Modi exposes political bankruptcy of Opposition camp”, Firstpost, MAy 2, 2023:
“The Opposition in India is waking up, albeit slowly, to the need of uniting before the Lok Sabha elections early next year. And the person who has taken the lead in doing that is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had been in the NDA camp till August last year. The plan is to “bring together as many Opposition parties against the BJP as possible”, and “chart a common path” by focusing on mutual agreements instead of disagreements.
For Nitish, it is his last-ditch effort to gain political relevance. And this battle is both personal and professional. He was a shining star in Indian politics in the late 2000s when Narendra Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat, stole his thunder.
In 2009, when the NDA under LK Advani lost the Lok Sabha elections to the Manmohan Singh-led UPA, Nitish thought his time in Indian politics had arrived. “The NDA’s 2009 defeat had left Nitish totally convinced Narendra Modi’s brand of politics was a game of diminishing returns,” writes Sankarshan Thakur in his book, Single Man: The Life and Times of Nitish Kumar of Bihar…..”
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