Following the 2020 assembly election, Nitish Kumar will remain the Chief Minister of Bihar which the BJP will fight under his leadership, asserted the party’s national chief Amit Shah. In an interview, the Union Home Minister Mr. Shah said, “The Janata Dal (United) and the BJP will go to polls together and we will fight polls under the leadership of Nitish ji. This is absolutely clear.”

In Bihar, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United and the BJP have made an alliance. There were aggressive views in both the parties over who would lead the election battle formation in Bihar. The statement of Amit Shah may put to rest any speculation over who will lead the alliance campaign.

Mr. Shah admitted that there are some differences present regarding who would lead the campaign but he added that differences are signs of a healthy relationship in collation politics and there should be no “manbhed” (argument) on this.

It has already been stated by Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister from the BJP, Sushil Kumar Modi that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will compete under Nitish Kumar’s leadership though there was no official word from the BJP’s leadership so far.

Mr. Shah’s statement has given relief to all those working behind the scenes to make sure the alliance remains intact, especially after constant attacks on Nitish Kumar by Union Minister Giriraj Singh who has condemned that Chief Minister almost every day after heavy rain led to unprecedented flooding in state capital Patna earlier this month.

There was no BJP leader or MLA present in a Dussehra event in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan that was attended by Nitish Kumar which was seen as a sign of a broadening rift between the allies.

Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal has said Giriraj Singh’s comments cannot be seen as the party’s official line. “He (Mr. Singh) speaks in his personal capacity. Only a statement by the party’s spokesperson should be treated as official,” Mr. Jaisawal said. Bihar will have an assembly election next year. 

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