Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah along with Bihar unit leaders arrived at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the party’s future course of action, including the selection of a new state party chief, in the Assembly and the Legislative Council. Including the selection of the leader of the opposition. And the strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The meeting takes place after the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thirty-one ministers were inducted into his government, including Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD, who has returned as his deputy. With the RJD getting a lion’s share, Kumar formed the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government in Bihar after the JD(U) broke ties with the BJP.
Shah and BJP president JP Nadda will preside over the meeting.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expanded his two-member cabinet, which till now included Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav besides him. Thirty-one ministers took oath with the RJD getting Singh’s share.
BJP’s national media co-in-charge Sanjay Mayukh said the meeting would strengthen the party’s strategy against the JD(U)-RJD government in the state, which he termed as “disgruntled”. “This is Jungle Raj 2.0 in Bihar. As far as BJP is concerned, we will raise our voice and take people’s issues from road to Vidhan Sabha.
Mayukh, who is the BJP MLC in Bihar, said party general secretary (organisation) BL Santosh would also be present.
Sources told PTI that Union ministers Ashwini Choubey, Giriraj Singh and Nityanand Rai and senior party leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sushil Modi, all of whom are from Bihar, are expected to attend the meeting. He said that BJP’s Bihar unit president Sanjay Jaiswal, former deputy chief ministers Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi and former minister in the state government Shahnawaz Hussain are also likely to attend the meeting.
This will be the first meeting of state BJP leaders, including the Congress and the Left, with the central leadership after Kumar broke ties with it on August 9 and joined hands with the RJD-led alliance.
Meanwhile, the BJP has alleged that the new cabinet in Bihar reflects “social imbalance” and protection for people with criminal background in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’. Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said in a statement that “two communities” had grabbed “more than 33 per cent” of berths in the 33-strong cabinet, which includes the chief minister and RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, who returned. have come. his deputy.
Modi was referring to Yadavs and Muslims, who were largely considered loyal to the RJD. The two social groups together have 13 cabinet berths, including those from the chief minister’s JD(U) and the Congress. The former deputy CM also mentioned serious criminal cases against newcomers like Lalit Yadav, Surendra Yadav, Ramanand Yadav and Kartikeya Singh.
He also pointed out that there was “zero representation” among Teli and upper caste Kayasthas in the new cabinet, while the number of Rajputs was reduced compared to the previous government, of which the BJP was a part. “I wonder what are the compulsions of Nitish Kumar (compulsion) to agree to such social imbalance and criminalisation,” Modi said.
(with inputs from PTI)