Secularism - A Convenient Excuse

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This sudden secular-uwaach of ex-Lalu loyalist Shivanand Tiwari from the dais of Nitish Kumar is very intriguing. To be fair to Tiwariji, he has not changed his secular-music. He had bee using the exact same language while sitting beside Laluji. Difference in those days was that Nitish Kumar used to counter it and rightly so.

Fact is, Nitish Babu was the Railway Minister when that unfortunate incident of 2002 happened. He even gave Narendra Modi certificate of secularism and denigrated all his critics outside NDA. I am quoting here Nitish's exact words after the resounding victory of BJP in 2002 Gujarat election:

Congratulating the BJP, its allies at the Centre on Sunday refuted suggestions of any "polarisation" of votes in Gujarat but said it was a verdict against the Congress.

"The people of Gujarat were aggrieved with the kind of image painted outside the state and hence reacted in this way," senior Samata party leader and Railway Minister Nitish Kumar said.

Claiming that there was no polarisation of votes between Hindus and Muslims, he said, "People are secular and they do not like any fundamentalists".

Not only this Nitish Babu sought Narendra Modi's help in election campaign in 2005 in Bihar and he got him on the ground campaigning for the NDA. Media since then has showered laurels on Nitish for bettering the Lalu era governance which he certainly did. Many started talking about Prime Minister Nitish. In all probability, Nitish too started believing that it can be possible. But he knows he will never be the PM under the NDA umbrella. Hence this rocking the boat on "convenient meaningless secularism" ground has started.

Fact is, Indian constitution doesn’t allow any non-secular to even fight election so get off your high horse sir. People who you have been happily hobnobbing with do not become communal for events that happened before you had no issues with their proximity. No one is buying this drama.

Now a little straight talk on what lies ahead if Nitish Babu does break off from the NDA. Fact is, BJP's vote 100% get transferred to JD(U) while JD(U) vote doesn’t get transferred to BJP completely. Once again thanks to sick politics at the altar of secularism/appeasement. So BJP too will get hit in case of no alliance but JD(U) will take a bigger hit.

Even during the last election, there was a murmur of Nitish going alone but he found in internal survey that he will not get more than 45 seats. So Nitish Babu, open your eyes. Old RJD stalwarts are putting spanner in your path. You will be virtually inviting Lalu back to power if you go your separate ways. For a migratory bird like Tiwariji, it doesn't matter. He will easily change his master and will return to the RJD camp. You will be the loser.

As you can justify RSS men like Girirraj Singh in your cabinet saying we follow the common minimum program, in the same way you must extend the courtesy to NDA because they too run on common minimum program.

Tailpiece: Speculation is that Shri N K Singh wants to be the Finance Minister hence this urgency on your part over PM candidate. All I can say is "Vinash Kale Viprit Buddhi".


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