Power games

Print edition : August 18, 2017

Nitish Kumar being administered the oath of office by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on July 27. Photo: PTI

With Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi of the BJP after the swearing-in ceremony. Photo: PTI

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav talking to mediapersons outside the Assembly on July 28 even as RJD legislators protest against the new Nitish Kumar-led government. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Nitish Kumar meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was on a visit to New Delhi in May. Photo: PTI

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad along with wife Rabri Devi and sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav at the meeting of the legislature party in Patna on July 26. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Nitish Kumar’s power play in Bihar, while dealing a crippling blow to the entire mainstream opposition in India, sends out the unmistakable message that the BJP has started a no-holds-barred campaign for the 2019 elections.
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