The Shiv Sena has said if Nitish Kumar becomes the chief minister of Bihar again despite winning less number of seats than its alliance partner BJP, the Janata Dal (United) leader should thank the party.
In the Bihar assembly election results, which were declared on Wednesday (November 11), the BJP won 74 seats and the JD(U) 43. The NDA alliance crossed the halfway mark of 122, and is set to form the government again.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut took a dig at their former ally BJP and said Nitish can draw lessons from what happened in Maharashtra after the assembly elections when the Sena taught the saffron party what would happen if promises are not kept.
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The BJP and Sena had contested the Maharashtra assembly elections together and won a majority. However, the party led by Uddhav Thackeray broke away from the alliance after it was denied the chief minister’s post. The Sena then formed the Maha Vikas Aghadi with the Congress and NCP and formed a government headed by Thackeray.
“I have heard BJP leaders saying only Nitish babu will be chief minister. Nitish babu should thank Shiv Sena for this. Not keeping promises will not happen in Bihar because the Shiv Sena has shown what can happen if word is not kept,” Raut said.
“Hence, if Nitish Kumar becomes Bihar Chief Minister, despite winning fewer seats (as compared to the BJP), he should thank the Shiv Sena,” the Rajya Sabha MP added.
Raut praised Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav. “The young leader fought against the prime minister, chief minister and central ministers in such a hostile situation all alone and revolved the campaign around himself. The country and Bihar have got such a face in politics on whom we can rely.”
The 31-year-old Tejashwi led the RJD to 75 seats, emerging as the single-largest party in the state. He was the face of the Mahagathbandhan.