Bihar: As Nitish Kumar woos BJP, trouble foments within JD(U)
Reportedly, members are now considering charting their own course.
A senior leader has even predicted there's possibility of the party eventually splitting. "There is little likelihood that party workers will support Kumar if he mends ties with the saffron party."
Bihar politics: Will Nitish Kumar lose JD(U) support?
JD(U)-RJD relations under strain as Nitish inches closer to BJP
If Kumar sacks him, it would strain JD(U)'s ties with the state assembly's largest party.
Going against the Mahagathbandhan, Kumar also supported BJP's presidential candidate.
BJP has promised outside support to JD(U) if it separates from RJD.
But party leaders unhappy with developments
Party members haven't taken lightly to the developments. Reportedly, six of 12 JD(U) MPs in Parliament don't want a tie-up with BJP.
JD(U)'s lone MP from Kerala Veerendra Kumar also defied Nitish's guidelines to vote for BJP's presidential candidate.
Influential party leaders including Sharad Yadav and legislators like Sarfaraz Alam and Naushad Alam are unlikely to continue supporting Kumar if he switches sides.
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So what are Nitish Kumar's options?
Kumar can choose to split from the Mahagathbandhan and tie-up with the BJP. But in this case, it is unlikely that his own party members will continue to support him.
Or he can go the other way and mend strained ties with the RJD to keep the Grand Alliance strong.
Whatever be the case, his next move can completely overhaul the state's political scenario.