Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, has allegedly been "warned" of a scheme by a grumbling party official who is said to be leaving.
As Nitish Kumar denied any plans to leave his party, Upendra Kushwaha, who is generally thought to be in negotiations with the BJP, positioned himself as the latter's defender.
"You have always had Upendra Kushwaha's support while facing accusations. Who else has done it, please? no other person. Upendra Kushwaha, however, is ignored. The Janata Dal United (JDU) leader accused Nitish Kumar's ally RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) of being involved in a "conspiracy" to depose Upendra Kushwaha and undermine Nitish Kumar ".
"Bihar will be harmed by what is occurring. So, I'm pleading with Nitish Kumar to see the plot against him. Call me so we can talk about it. Organize a meeting of the group. Call us for a meeting if you don't want to publicise the agreement RJD has reached. Otherwise, there is misunderstanding, which continuously makes Nitish Kumar less powerful "explained Mr. Kushwaha.
For his difficulties, Nitish Kumar said, "Don't ask me about him."
When pressed by journalists, he stated: "He has the right to say anything he wants. I'm not involved with it in any way."
The Chief Minister yelled about being targeted when speaking at a function this evening, but he avoided mentioning Mr. Kushwaha. "We are the target of some. People go on and on. Some get promoted, and then they go. Others attempt to flee. We all have to work together during a celebration. I don't want anything for myself; all I want is for Bihar to advance "said he.
Much later, Mr. Kumar made a more composed claim: "The party holds him in high regard. However, I won't know what he wants until we meet."
Nearly two years after he reunited with Nitish Kumar and merged his party with the JDU, Mr. Kushwaha is thought to be in flight mode once again.
The commotion began when numerous BJP officials paid him a visit at Delhi's AIIMS hospital, where he had been last week for diagnostic testing.
Mr. Kushwaha has been furious ever since Nitish Kumar chose Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD to be his deputy, dashign his dreams of a significant position in the Bihar government.
Nitish Kumar has now designated Tejashwi Yadav as his successor, saying that he would head the governing alliance in the 2025 elections in Bihar.
In December, Mr. Kumar spoke at an internal gathering and said: "I am not a contender for either chief minister or prime minister. I want to get rid of the BJP."
Tejashwi has to be motivated, he said.
Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav had a falling out in 2017 when the Chief Minister rekindled his partnership with the BJP after leaving the RJD due to corruption charges. Nitish Kumar switched alliances once again and partnered with the RJD to establish a new government last year.