Now Sena takes credit for returning of Nitish Kumar as CM

shivsena & Nitesh Kumar

Shiv Sena that ridiculed the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for “using”Sushant Singh Rajput’s mysterious death case for the wining of Bihar elections, now saying that that if Nitish Kumar retains the post of Chief Minister despite the JD (U) winning fewer seats, the credit should go to the Sena.

The Sena mouthpiece, Saamana said that the BJP had promised that Nitish Kumar would be the next Chief Minister of Bihar even if his party gets less number of seats. The BJP had given a similar promise to the Sena during the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls, but as that word was not kept, it led to a political drama in the state, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party claimed.

However, the Sena could not explain the fact that Devendra Fadnavis was the face of the 2019 assembly elections that was fought jointly by the BJP-Sena against the Congress-NCP combine. In every election campaign, all the senior leaders, including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asserted that Fadnavis would be retained as the chief minister if the coalition came in power. Such statements were even made in front of Sena leaders, including its chief Uddhav Thackeray. While Saamana tried to keep Nitish in good humour, it praised the RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav for giving a “spirited fight” in the Bihar Assembly polls.

The Sena mouthpiece said that JD (U) could not win even win 50 seats in the Bihar elections, while the BJP got over 70 seats. The BJP leader Amit Shah had announced that Nitish Kumar would become the Chief Minister even if his party gets less number of seats. But a similar assurance was given to the Sena during the 2019 Assembly polls in Maharashtra, which was not honoured and the state witnessed a political ‘Mahabharat’, it said.

If Shah promised the Sena that the alliance would share the CM’s post why it was not said in public platform? It’s in a public domain that Shah and Mode repeatedly said that Nitish Kumar would be the next chief minister even if his party wins fewer seats, but such statement in favour of Sena was never made by any BJP politicians during the elections in Maharashtra. “If Nitish Kumar becomes the Chief Minister despite winning less number of seats, its credit should go to the Shiv Sena,” Sena said in a childish manner.

Both BJP and Sena had contested the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections together, but the alliance fell apart after results following differences over sharing the Chief Ministerial post. The Sena, which won 56 seats, had claimed that the two parties had reached such an understanding before the elections – a claim denied by the BJP. The Sena then joined hands with the NCP and the Congress to form Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state, led by Uddhav Thackeray in November last year.

Sena now should desist itself to make such irrelevant statements. Such statements also indicated that it is not comfortable with the NCP and Congress.

M Charulata