New Delhi, May 22 (): Nitish Kumar by appointing Jitan Ram Manjhi, a Mahadalit leader as CM shows that he is yet to read the writing on the wall. Nitish Kumar is hoping that by elevating a person from the lower strata will bring him back in favour with the dalits. Nitish Kumar is projecting it as a move of social justice.
Manjhi was minister in Nitish Kumar ministry and held Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes ministry. This move by Nitish should change the destiny of his caste Mushahars who are at the lowest rung of society and only 10% are literate among them.
Nitish Kumar’s move to get the dalits who voted for BJP is viewed as a gimmick. Two other reasons are put forth for Nitish Kumar’s resignation. One is that the rout has triggered a revolt against him and to avoid this he took the move.
Another reason is that as CM he will have to come face to face with his arch rival Modi in meetings with PM. His love for mahadalit falls through when he says that in coming state polls he would be the CM candidate.
Nitish Kumar is in the process of having a mega alliance with Lalu Yadav –Congress in coming polls. This alliance is to counter communal Modi. By this alliance they would ask votes on caste basis. This gambit would fail since Lok Sabha polls showed that all the caste-based calculations of the regional parties went astray in Bihar and Modi wave has taken away such assumptions.
Bihar goes to polls in 2015 and voters would vote out a state government that has bad relations with the Centre. The Modi wave in Bihar and UP toppled the caste factor and looking for things to change dramatically in two years is wishful thinking, say analysts.
Analysts say that Nitish Kumar’s plank of social justice and getting Dalits who form 15% on to his bandwagon will not click as voters have voted for Modi’s development mantra.