The strained relationship between the ruling alliance partners in Bihar, JD(U) and RJD, was palpable during a brief cabinet meeting on Thursday. Lasting only 15 minutes, the meeting revealed a noticeable chill between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav.
During the session, tensions were evident as CM Nitish Kumar and RJD ministers refrained from interacting with each other. This departure from the usual practice, where the leaders arrive together and engage in discussions, underscored the escalating discord between the two factions.
The cabinet meeting swiftly concluded after officials presented and passed three proposals. Nitish Kumar, without engaging with Tejashwi Yadav or other RJD ministers, signed the register and exited the hall. Observers noted that the chief minister appeared visibly displeased, suggesting that significant decisions may be imminent regarding the alliance.
The growing tension might manifest during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Bihar's Kishanganj district on January 29. Sources indicate that Nitish Kumar may not attend the rally, despite an invitation from the Congress party. The Nyay Yatra is set to enter the Seemanchal region on January 29, featuring rallies in Purnea on January 30 and Katihar on January 31. The unfolding developments hint at an increasingly strained relationship within the Bihar ruling alliance.
(With Agency Inputs)