AIMIM biggest setback in Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD Adds 4, Is Bihar’s Biggest Party Now. What It Means?
Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD now has 80 MLAs in the 243-member assembly, three more than the BJP, which rules Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. AIMIM biggest setback in Bihar
Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD is once again the single largest party in Bihar after four AIMIM MLAs joined the opposition party. The RJD now has 80 MLAs in the 243-member assembly, three more than the BJP, which rules Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Presently Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United has 45 MLAs. AIMIM biggest setback in Bihar
The RJD’s surge highlights a bigger concern for the BJP, at a time when Nitish Kumar has more in common with the RJD than his ally.
The RJD emerged as the single largest party in the 2020 Bihar elections, but the opposition did not get a majority. Nitish Kumar took power with the BJP but his position in the alliance was greatly reduced as his party finished third.
Over the past two years, Nitish Kumar’s relationship with the BJP has been complicated, with tensions often visible in the form of cut-off exchanges.
The chief minister has often been in favor of Tejashwi Yadav on issues such as the caste census, leading to speculation that he may be up for a reelection.
Leader of Opposition in Bihar Tejashwi Yadav described the induction of four MLAs into his party as “strengthening secular forces” in the state. AIMIM biggest setback in Bihar
Tejashwi Yadav escorted the four MLAs to the assembly in his car in a gesture full of optics and symbolism.
The group submitted a letter to the Speaker stating that the MLAs wanted to merge with the RJD. The Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM had won five seats in the 2020 Bihar elections, but now has only its state president Akhtarul Iman. Barring one of the five MLAs, all have joined the RJD.
Tejashwi Yadav highlighted that all the four MLAs “come from the poorest, flood-hit region of the state, suffering from the indifference of a government that does not care about health, education and other forms of public welfare”.
He denied that the development was planned by the RJD to increase its numbers in Bihar amid signs of resurgence after a lean patch.
The RJD had emerged as the single largest party in the last election by winning 75 seats. He won another seat in the by-election. Tejashwi said, “We want all secular forces to come together and become stronger. And the role of RJD in the fight against communalism cannot be exaggerated. It is because of us that the BJP in Bihar ever did. Didn’t muster up the courage to contest the elections on my own.” Yadav said.
The RJD leader said, “The NDA may have been successful in capturing power in Bihar through dishonest means, but look at the BJP here. It is standing with a chief minister whose party is at number three in terms of numbers.”