There is a sense of ‘unease’ within the Janta Dal (United) and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is ‘disturbed’ with the way things have unfolded in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after his party allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in July last year, two JD(U) leaders said.
JD(U) intensified its demand for a special category status for Bihar earlier this month. Kumar questioned the success of the November 2016 demonetisation decision that he had backed earlier last weekend. And on Tuesday, he put out a two-page statement asking the Finance Commission to look into the differentiated needs of Bihar and backward states with a special perspective.
These moves have triggered speculation that Kumar is preparing for another U-turn after stitching up a surprise alliance with the BJP last year, parting ways with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress
But while ruling out a break,the first JD(U) leader said real differences have cropped up in the alliance with the BJP.
“What did the BJP not get in an alliance with JD(U)? What did we get in return?” he asked. “A BJP which lost in the Bihar elections today holds key portfolios, including the post of deputy chief minister, in Bihar government. The BJP has not reciprocated.”
The leader said Kumar’s problem is that the BJP remains cold to his concerns on political, administrative and governance issues.