With Lalu backing, Nitish will lead charge in Bihar
BJP uncertain on naming CM candidate
New Delhi: After days of talks brokered by Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Janata Parivar finally announced that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will lead the assembly battle in Bihar with the support of foe-turned-friend Lalu Prasad. In wake of Nitish Kumar’s announcement as the chief ministerial candidate of JD-U-RJDCongress combine for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, the BJP is a dilemma whether it should also announce its candidate for the top post or bank on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity. BJP’s poll debacle in Delhi has sent the leadership guessing whether to bank on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image or to go with a popular face from the state only. Since the BJP’s state unit leadership does not have any match to the stature of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the central leadership is in a bind over the issue.