Trust BJP motor mouth Kailash Vijayvargiya to come up with yet another bizarre statement. Commenting on friend-turned-foe Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, the BJP National General Secretary said, “When I was travelling abroad, someone said women there change their boyfriends at any time. The Chief Minister of Bihar is also similar, never know whose hand he may hold or leave.” Kumar’s JD(U) had recently broken away from the BJP to form a new government with RJD in Bihar.
For a while, after Kumar had broken off his ties with the BJP, the affronted Saffron party had maintained that it was not entirely unexpected and that they had not tried to forestall the move either. But later, Bihar’s former Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad admitted that the BJP chief strategist Amit Shah had attempted to talk the JD(U) leader out of severing the ties and save the alliance, but in vain.
It is said that on the heels of how the Maharashtra political scenario played out a couple of months earlier, with the BJP driving a wedge into the ruling Shiv Sena resulting in the party breaking into two warring factions, Kumar was convinced that Shah was trying to split his party too. Little wonder that Kumar failed to fall for the BJP’s wooing.
Senior BJP leader and former deputy Sushil Modi alleged that Kumar had assured Shah that there was “nothing to worry about” just two days before the split. Stung, the BJP is now attributing the move to Kumar’s ambitions to become the Prime Minister.
When Kumar was asked by reporters whether he would be willing to become the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Kumar said that he was “not a contender for anything”. “The question to ask is if the person who came in 2014 will win in 2024,” he said.
Known for putting his foot in the mouth, Vijayvargiya had earlier set off a controversy in June with his offer to hire ‘Agniveers’ as security guards at the party office. The Opposition had a field day, with multiple parties taking the BJP leader to the cleaners for his remarks. Later, Vijayvargiya claimed his remarks were twisted by the ‘toolkit gang’.