Saturday, February 4, 2023

How did Nitish Kumar win the numbers game to maintain the party’s position in the Bihar assembly and his position as chief executive?

Bright Times News: In 2020, Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal (United) and not the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received the oath of office as the Chief Minister of Bihar, defying the common notion that the leader of the single largest party becomes the Chief Minister.

Despite JD(U) winning 43 seats to 74 for the BJP, the latter honored its pre-election promise and backed Nitish for chief minister. However, this did not stop the two spouses’ disagreements from developing and getting worse with time.

Despite the fact that analysts have always claimed that the JD(U)-BJP alliance was based more on political necessity than on trust or comfort, the divisions have now reached the stage where Nitish is on the verge of leaving the BJP and losing power. Remained in the BJP by joining the coalition formed by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

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Here, we deconstruct the data to make it easier for you to comprehend the state’s evolving political landscape both now and in the run-up to the 2020 assembly elections. The JD(U), which Nitish Kumar leads, did poorly in the 2020 Bihar assembly elections, winning only 43 seats.

Despite running in the assembly elections as the BJP’s senior associate on 115 seats as opposed to 110, it only won 43 seats as opposed to 74 for the BJP. The 243-member Bihar Assembly, however, saw both parties and their junior allies surpass the key number of 122 as their combined strength reached 125.

The BJP agreed to form the government under Nitish Kumar’s leadership despite ousting its ally JD(U). Nitish needed the BJP to form the government, while the BJP needed Nitish to keep the RJD-led coalition out of power.

The fact that Nitish’s party was downgraded to a minor player in the election and that neither his JD(U) nor the BJP, an ally, were the election’s largest party, cannot be contested.

RJD became the largest political party

The effective size of the Bihar state assembly is currently 242, and 121 MLAs are needed to demonstrate a simple majority. With the assistance of the BJP and other smaller parties, Nitish Kumar is currently achieving this number.

However, the RJD is the only party with 79 seats in the legislature, according to information on the Bihar Legislative Assembly’s website. Congress has 19 MLAs in addition to CPIML (L12,)’s CPI’s 2, CPI’s (M), and AIMIM’s single MLA.

The Nitish Kumar administration will easily pass the threshold of majoritarianism if the RJD-led group backs the JD(U), as it has previously stated.

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