Today, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is currently in an uneasy alliance with the BJP, announced his intention to run for Rajya Sabha. To accomplish this feat, he would have to match Lalu Yadav’s and Sushil Modi’s records of serving in all three chambers of parliament and the assembly during their terms as members. This morning, Nitish Kumar stated that he, too, aspired to be a member of the Rajya Sabha at some point in his career. He previously served in the Bihar Assembly, the Legislative Council, and the Lok Sabha.
The remark sparked speculation that Nitish Kumar, who has been Chief Minister for 16 years, is looking for a new job. It is well known that he wishes to be Vice President when the position becomes available in the coming days.
Mr Kumar was asked if he was considering running for parliament from Nalanda as well as the now-defunct Lok Sabha seat of Barh, which he won five times. Many Barhs have relocated to Nalanda. “There is no way,” said the Chief Minister emphatically. In response to the question of whether he wished to be elected to the Rajya Sabha, he stated: “The Rajya Sabha is an option, but for the time being, I am the Chief Minister. I’m not sure after more than 16 years in the role…”
In the political arena, there are numerous interpretations of Mr. Kumar’s desire. Some members of Bihar’s BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) believe the state’s chief minister has already been approached about a coveted job in Delhi, or has indicated to BJP leaders that he would be willing to relocate to the capital in exchange for something substantial.
Mr Kumar’s Janata Dal United finished third in the BJP-led alliance, with fewer seats than the allies BJP and NDA and a lower overall position, despite winning a second consecutive term.
The BJP’s relationship with Mr Kumar has deteriorated over the last two years.