In view of the verdict, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar refused to stake claim to the chief minister’s post, offering it instead to the BJP. The saffron leader ship, however, persuaded him to continue as chief minister as it set about the task of consolidating its gains.
Among the first things the party did was to replace in one stroke its entire top leadership with new and untested leaders. Sushil Kumar Modi, the deputy chief minister in the previous government, was shunted to the Rajya Sabha. Two of the other seniormost lead ers—Nand Kishore Yadav and Prem Kumar—who have been elected to the House for the seventh and eighth time respectively, were made chairmen of assembly committees, effectively ending their prospects of joining the Nitish cabinet. Kumar, incidentally, was for long the BJP’s most visible EBC (Extremely Backward Class) face, and was one of the few undeclared chief ministerial faces when the party unsuccessfully contested the 2015 assembly poll.
What explains the BJP’s move? In the beginning, it seemed like just an attempt by the party to shed its secular face and follow a more hardline stance. Over the years, both Yadav and Kumar had come to represent the more moder ate face of the BJP in Bihar. However, a section of the party leadership believes they may have been jettisoned due to their good relations with Nitish. “Perhaps the leadership wants to pro mote onetrack leaders, not those who would not consider hurting an alliance partner,” says a BJP leader.
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