Patna, Nov 8: The electoral marathon in Bihar has come to a halt. The results of legislative assembly elections are out. Nitish Kumar, the reigning chief minister and the face of Mahagathbandhan in the poll-bound state has once again emerged as the unanimous choice of electorates. For a consecutive third term, Nitish will lead the state. However, this victory, though comes against a formidable opponent in the form of Narendra Modi, it has left Nitish in a weak position and his political career could meet the tragic fate as that of socialist stalwart V P Singh.
The national political discourse in the nation in 1989 could be equated with the contemporary political scenario. BJP has now replaced Congress and is the new nodal point in nation’s politics. Despite facing electoral reversal in Delhi and Bihar, Narendra Modi is still the centrifugal force in Indian politics. (ALSO READ: Bihar Election Results 2015 Live Updates)
Nitish Kumar sidelined his personal ego to stitch an alliance with arch rival Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress, despite hailing from the politics of anti-Congressism. The coalition was based on the primary goal of stopping BJP to come to power.
Though Nitish has won the polls, his government would ride on the shoulders of two of the most corrupt and opportunistic forces. Lalu Prasad Yadav, known for his horrific rule of 15 years in Bihar which converted the state into an abode of junge raj, along with the grand-old party which was driven out of Bihar following the Mandal revolution are now the partners of Vikas Purush Nitish Kumar.
Similarly, V P Singh rode to power in 1989 by forming a coalition of extremes involving the Janata Dal, Left Front and right-wing BJP. The agenda of V P Singh was strikingly similar to Nitish Kumar: ‘Development along with social justice’.
During his tenure, he did not face stiff opposition from the single largest party Congress, but from alliance partners who constantly mounted pressure on him.
The reign of V P Singh was nothing short of a social revolution since he implemented the ‘Mandal Commission’ rather than paying lip service to the cause of uplifiting the backwards. However, right-wing BJP constantly pressured him to act on the Ram Janmbhoomi issue, even demanding him to order the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Since V P Singh acted on his own and got Lal Krishna Advani arrested for spreading rampant communalism, BJP broke away from the alliance. Shortly, thereafter Chandrashekhar defected along with his 64 MLAs and formed Samajwadi Rashtra Dal forcing V P Singh to resign as the Prime Minister.
Though, Nitish would be leading Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, will be an equal part of the government, if not more. For someone whose politics rest on the support of strongmen and ground-level caste based engineering, why would he allow Nitish to eradicate the remnants of his jungle raj.
The survival of alliance depends on two factors: Firstly, Nitish would constantly be mounted under the pressure of alliance partners Lalu and Congress. And most importantly, the coalition would remain intact till the point where BJP remains a force to reckon with in Indian politics. As BJP begins losing significance, one would find a Chandrashekhar in Lalu Prasad Yadav and subsequently Nitish Kumar will walk down the same path of V P Singh.