Is Nitish Kumar the Loneliest Man in Indian Politics?


Is Nitish Kumar the Loneliest Man in Indian Politics?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


wo years before Nitish Kumar would part ways for the first time with Lalu Yadav in 1994 and chalk out his own political trajectory, he had written Yadav a letter. It read, “…Your attitude towards the party, the government and democratic institutions is such, and your current company is such, that there is no space or occasion for meaningful dialogue. Therefore I am writing you this letter…” Irrespective of the merits of this 26-year-old letter, it gives us a hint of how Nitish Kumar has, throughout his political career, never trusted even his closest political allies, individual or parties.

And as he goes into the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, having dissed major political parties active in Bihar at least once in his political career, everyone will be wary. He met with BJP President Amit Shah recently to iron out any differences over seat-sharing ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, putting forward a demand to contest in 17 out of the 40 seats from the state as part of the NDA.