Not too long ago, Bihar had many aspirants for the Prime Minister’s post. One of the favorite slogans raised at public meetings was “Desh ka pradhan mantri kaisa ho (how should the Prime Minister be country)?” But after the Assembly elections, the scene has changed.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked his supporters not to project him as a prime ministerial candidate. At a public function recently organized by the RJD, the party supporters did not raise the slogan in favor of the RJD chief Lalu Prasad. Lalu Prasad had at one time declared he wanted to be Prime Minister. The 3rd candidate—former Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan— has not even bothered to hold a public function after his party’s disastrous show at the Assembly polls year. The trio has long been known as the state’s political engines. “Two of them (Lalu and Paswan) have lost their steam. The third one (Nitish) refuses to surge ahead,” said a senior politician, declaring the state had surrendered for coveted post.