Congress President Rahul Gandhi (Photo: PTI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi seems to signal a closure with Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Nitish Kumar as a potential ally by joining RJD’s protest of GenNext, Tejashwi Yadav, on Saturday. During the protest, Gandhi directly targeted the Bihar CM for the mass rape in a government-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur.
The Gandhi scion staged a participation in the protest despite several appeals from the JD(U) urging the Congress to distance itself from the RJD's protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Not just that, Gandhi gave a clear message to the JD-(U) that it won't ditch the tried and tested ally RJD. He even launched a direct attack on Nitish by saying that if the JD-U chief was really ashamed of the incident, he should take expeditious action against the accused.
The protest at Jantar Mantar was orchestrated despite the fact that Kumar’s deputies have been in contact with Congress over their inconstancy with ally BJP, which would have benefitted Congress to turn the tables of the upcoming 2019 general elections in their favor.
Tejashwi Yadav was the torchbearer of the protest seeking justice for the Muzaffarpur mass rape victims, leading an unrelenting battle against "Chacha" Nitish, which was also joined by Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury and rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav, among others.
The JD-U) had won the Bihar Assembly elections allying with the RJD and the Congress, but last year quit the alliance to join hands with the BJP. Since then, there has been a bad blood between Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar. The Congress, on the other hand, was willing to gain a strong political support against BJP ahead of the 2019 elections if Kumar switched sides again.
The ultimate sentiment that ran through the Congress was weakening the BJP, rather than agonizing under Nitish’s betrayal.