Anatomy of a coup

Print edition : August 18, 2017

Nitish Kumar with Lalu Prasad (centre), JD(U) president Sharad Yadav and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi after his election as leader of the legislature party of the “grand alliance” in Patna on November 14, 2015. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

RJD legislators protesting against the new Nitish Kumar-led NDA government during the special session of the Bihar Assembly on July 28. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

BJP president Amit Shah and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi addressing themedia before the Assembly Elections in 2015. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Nitish Kumar’s volte-face was in the making for a long time, and the growing popularity of Tejashwi Yadav was only an immediate provocation.
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