Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar support to BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the Presidential elections has jolted the united opposition. Kumar stated that it is not the issue of the “mahagatbandhan” (grand-alliance) but an independent issue of each of the political parties. He met Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury and conveyed them the message that it is a matter of pride that a governor of Bihar is being given the candidature for President.
The oppositional parties have fielded former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as their candidate. Kumar enjoys a popular wave of support among the backward women in the state; hence this will dent his image. Nitish Kumar has earlier asked the opposition to part away with all their differences in order to form a united opposition against Narendra Modi. Though Nitish Kumar always states that his alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD is strong, he has been continuously playing cards which are against the interest of his allies.
As far as the Presidential elections are concerned, with Kumar’s support Kovind has passed the half mark required to win the presidential polls and should comfortably win the elections. The fractured opposition means that BJP would not have much difficulty in winning the 2019 elections.