BJP finds its new demolition man in Sushil Modi
Sushil Modi claimed that Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav shared a cold relationship – RJD and Yadav usually ignored and skipped each other’s events.
The former deputy chief minister held a series of press conferences dishing out documents over the past few months to mount pressure on Prasad and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, from exposing Prasad’s son and state minister Tej Pratap’s illegal petrol pump to the Prasad family owning Bihar’s biggest under-construction mall in Patna to the benami properties of the clan including those allegedly of the deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav.
The Income Tax department raids on these properties followed Sushil Modi’s exposes. In an interview to ET on July 1, Modi had also referred to Prasad’s “corruption-ridden” tenure as Union railways minister and said Nitish Kumar knew this well since Prasad succeeded him as railways minister. The Central Bureau of Investigation raided Prasad’s premises on July 7over an alleged scam during his tenure as the railways minister, a development that finally led to Nitish Kumar resigning as CM on Wednesday.
Things were not as rosy for Modi after the Bihar loss – he was not chosen for a Rajya Sabha seat by the BJP and Nityanand Rai was chosen as the Bihar BJP President, a point that Prasad repeatedly used to stress that Modi had been marginalised in the BJP. Modi, who has successfully worked with Nitish Kumar, however persisted in his attacks on Prasad.
He claimed on various platforms that Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav shared a cold relationship – RJD posters with Yadav’s picture did not carry the CM’s picture and they skipped each other’s events.
“There was a big farmers’ meeting in which Nitish sat through an entire day. Tejashwi came for a short while and left,” Modi told ET. His uncontested claims that documents with him were provided from the CM’s camp further heightened tension in the grand alliance. Modi came under severe attack from both Prasad and his deputy CM son, with the latter calling him frustrated and accusing him of spreading lies.
But Modi did not relent. That the CM did not counter Modi on his documentary evidence added ammunition to his arsenal and he repeatedly questioned Nitish Kumar’s continuance in the alliance. Modi’s close understanding of Kumar by virtue of working with him in the erstwhile JDU-BJP government came in handy.