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Bharat Ratna To Karpoori Thakur As Impetus For Nitish Kumar’s BJP U-Flip?


Nitish Kumar pays respects to Karpoori Thakur on his beginning anniversary (File).

New Delhi:

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will exit the state’s ruling Mahagathbandhan and, by extension the now-stuttering Congress-led INDIA opposition bloc, and re-ally with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Celebration forward of the April/Could Lok Sabha election, sources advised NDTV Thursday.

Information of a fifth U-turn by the Janata Dal (United) boss – who has flip-flopped between the BJP, the Congress, and/or Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal since 2013 – has triggered hypothesis over what led to the most recent soar. At (or close to) the highest of the listing of possible causes is the BJP’s choice to award former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur a posthumous Bharat Ratna – the very best civilian award.

Mr Thakur was an iconic socialist chief who was Chief Minister twice within the Seventies, and is credited with implementing the state’s contentious alcohol prohibition coverage. Nonetheless remembered in the present day as ‘jan nayak’, or ‘chief of the individuals’, Karpoori Thakur’s legacy stays a priceless asset for political events in the present day.

He was additionally Nitish Kumar (and Lalu Yadav’s) mentor, and each had strongly advocated the award.

After the award was confirmed – Mr Modi did so on X and hailed Mr Thakur as “a champion for the marginalised and a stalwart of equality and empowerment” – Nitish Kumar thanked the Prime Minister.

Considerably, he additionally took a swipe on the Congress, saying he had petitioned each central authorities since 2007 (when the Congress was in energy) and it was solely the Modi authorities that responded.

The BJP’s choice to honour Karpoori Thakur has been seen as a strategic transfer.

For one factor, over 60 per cent of Bihar’s 13.1 crore inhabitants belong to backward or extraordinarily backward communities, amongst whom Mr Thakur continues to be revered. Awarding his property a Bharat Ratna will solely assist the BJP acquire traction with this large vote financial institution in a state that has 40 Lok Sabha seats.

As well as, a Bharat Ratna for the previous Chief Minister might have put further strain on Nitish Kumar to choose – stick with the INDIA bloc (inside which the JDU chief was already unsettled, claiming disrespect after being handed over as a attainable Prime Minister candidate) or do a ghar wapsi.

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