BJP Didn't Try To Stop Nitish Kumar!
According to sources, Nitish Kumar's move to dump the BJP was a "betrayal," He has "lost credibility" by switching sides frequently.
The sources also maintained that, contrary to reports, top BJP leaders did not contact Mr. Kumar. Despite knowing the trajectory of events, there was no effort to convince him to stay.
Sources said this was because the BJP is sure that Nitish Kumar has national ambitions and sees leading the opposition in the 2024 general elections as a better option.
Top leaders of the BJP have been maintaining radio silence regarding the events since yesterday. There were reports that the party's Union minister Amit Shah had dialed Nitish Kumar, and key state leaders had met him at his home on Monday but failed to change his mind.
Earlier yesterday, in an interview, Union minister Giriraj Singh insisted that the BJP has been maintaining "coalition dharma." It was Nitish Kumar who "went shopping," he declared, even when he was made the CM despite having 36 seats, way below the BJP's 63.
It was the BJP's stance as the big brother in the state that had constantly riled Nitish Kumar since the state elections. What pushed him over the edge was his conviction that the BJP was about to a do a Maharashtra in Bihar, sources said.
Now with Mr. Kumar teaming up with Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal and several other parties, the BJP sources said the party would focus on all 243 constituencies of the state.