Simply sixteen months in the past, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged events to return collectively to ship “a Sangh-mukt Bharat”, stating that it was crucial to rid the nation of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh or RSS, which is the ideological mentor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Get together.On Wednesday, he can be in attendance because the RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, presides over a significant operate in Bhojpur in Bihar to rejoice the 1,000th delivery anniversary of Hindu theologian Ramanuja Acharya.Ramanuja, a thinker within the 11th century, can be honoured by hundreds of individuals in Bhojpur, the place he spent part of his life preaching and spreading the Bhakti motion.
Mr Bhagwat will depend among the many high ranks of the VIPs who can be on stage together with the Chief Minister. “It is a vital spiritual and cultural event and one shouldn’t learn it for politics,” stated Neeraj Kumar, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s celebration. “Many leaders are invited,” he stated, “why single out only one just like the RSS chief?”
Mr Kumar has not met with the RSS chief since he made the “RSS-mukt” name, which twisted the BJP’s “Congress-Mukta” slogan. The Chief Minister was among the many most aggressive critics of the RSS after he ended his almost two-decade-long partnership with the BJP over its choice to call Narendra Modi as its presumptive prime minister; he resurrected the alliance in July after a two-year-long hiatus which noticed him operating Bihar with the Congress and Lalu Yadav.
A spread of corruption circumstances in opposition to Lalu Yadav and his kids supplied Mr Kumar with the quilt he wanted to finish his membership of the Maha-Gathbandhan or Grand Alliance, the anti-BJP league which succeeded in thwarting Prime Minister Narendra Modi from profitable Bihar for his celebration in 2015. Mr Kumar earlier this yr helped conceive an expanded model of that anti-BJP league, hoping mixture of almost 18 events would discover a option to pull collectively and forestall Mr Modi from re-election in 2019.Nevertheless, he then hopped over to Mr Modi’s facet, operating not simply the Bihar authorities in partnership with the BJP, however re-entering the nationwide coalition that it leads.
His encounter with Mr Bhagwat can be watched and deconstructed by his former allies as white-hot proof of their declare that he works solely to stay on the facet that is profitable somewhat than selecting his companions for his or her ideological conviction.
“This can be his final political journey,” prophesised Shivanand Tiwari of Lalu Yadav’s celebration, alleging that voters are tiring of the Chief Minister’s political meandering.