Nitish Kumar assumes leadership of JDU following Lalan Singh’s resignation amid speculation about his departure

Nitish Kumar was chosen again as the leader of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) during a national executive meeting in Delhi on Friday. This decision came right after his aide, Lalan Singh, resigned and urged Nitish Kumar to resume his position, ending weeks of speculation. However, the way Singh bid farewell drew criticism from the BJP.

Lalan Singh, addressing reporters after the meeting, denied any discord within the party and dismissed the idea of being upset, saying he had never heard of such feelings before. On the other hand, the BJP’s Vijay Kumar Sinha criticized the manner of Singh’s departure, stating that a self-respecting person wouldn’t accept such a farewell.

Reports suggest that Lalan Singh was removed due to perceived closeness to the JDU’s alliance partner, Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal. There were rumors about Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Yadav’s son and Deputy Chief Minister, preparing to take over. However, Tejashwi Yadav dismissed these rumors, accusing the BJP of spreading stories to destabilize the JDU-RJD alliance.

Officially, Lalan Singh stated that he wanted more time to focus on his constituency ahead of the upcoming election. The leadership change in the JDU comes months before the 2024 Lok Sabha election and amid speculation about Nitish Kumar’s prime ministerial ambitions.

There were previous rumors of rifts within the opposition INDIA bloc, where Nitish Kumar was allegedly unhappy with Lalan Singh for not projecting his name. Nitish Kumar insisted publicly that he had no such ambitions and only aimed to unite parties against the BJP.

Nitish Kumar’s reappointment as JDU leader also gives him more control over the party’s position on seat-sharing within the INDIA bloc for the upcoming Lok Sabha election. In the 2019 election, the JDU won 16 seats, and the BJP won 17 in Bihar. However, for Nitish Kumar to be considered a serious INDIA PM candidate, the party needs to win more seats.

Critics of the JDU highlight Nitish Kumar’s past decisions, such as breaking ties with the BJP in 2020 after the party’s poor performance in the election. The JDU is also looking ahead to the 2025 Bihar Assembly election, where they aim to strengthen their position in the state and counter the rise of the RJD.

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