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Amit Shah played Lalu’s trick in the Lok Sabha elections, remember that thing from 2015, right?

New Delhi: Everyone knows that if there is anything permanent it is change. No one remains untouched by change. Politics also goes through a period of change. Due to change in circumstances, what was good for one person yesterday becomes good for someone else today. Now ‘Who is the groom?’ Just take the narrative. Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had asked BJP during the 2015 assembly elections, ‘Who is your groom?’ Lalu had said in an election rally in Jamui, the groom in our alliance is Nitish Kumar, but BJP does not have any groom. Look at the need of the hour, today BJP is asking – who is the groom? Lalu has no answer.

When Shah asked the crowd – Who is the groom of the opposition?

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday claimed that if the alliance of opposition parties (INDIA) comes to power, they will keep changing the post of Prime Minister among themselves as they do not have any PM face. Shah said this from the same land of Bihar where Lalu Prasad Yadav had sometimes taunted BJP ‘in the name of the groom’. Addressing election rallies in Madhubani and Sitamarhi, Shah said, ‘They (India Bloc) do not have any face for the post of PM. The country has decided to give third term to Modi ji. But, can you tell me who will be the PM candidate of India Bloc?… They have decided to rotate the PM’s chair among themselves. I would like to say that running a country is not like running a grocery store. If a situation like the Covid pandemic arises, will they be able to save the country? Will they be able to protect the country from terrorists?

Lalu had then asked a question to BJP by taking the name of Nitish

Interestingly, Lalu had questioned BJP by taking Nitish’s name in an election rally nine years ago. Today the same Nitish is in the favor of BJP. On the other hand, in the same Bihar, Shah also asked the public in an election rally – Who is the PM candidate of India Block? Lalu had also asked in public – Who is the groom of BJP? How fast the situation changes can be gauged from one more thing. When the alliance of opposition parties was just taking shape, their meeting was held in Patna. Then Nitish was also in the opposition camp. Rahul Gandhi was also on the stage. Lalu jokingly told Rahul, ‘Now you become the groom, we all will become your wedding guests.’ The message of Lalu’s statement was interpreted to be such that he was actually asking Rahul Gandhi to become the Prime Ministerial candidate. Lalu had assured Rahul in the language of signs that if he becomes the PM, the other parties will stand firmly with him.

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Opposition could not decide on PM candidate

After a few days, Nitish left Lalu and came towards BJP. Not only did the government change in Bihar, the opposition alliance effort also suffered a major setback. While being in the opposition, Nitish himself used to be a strong candidate for the post of PM. On the other hand, indirect claims of many other opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee also kept coming to the fore. This dilemma could not be resolved, hence the alliance of opposition parties did not declare its PM candidate. BJP made a cartoon on this. The video cartoon released on social media platforms was titled, ‘Who is the groom?’ The video showed how the heads of most of the parties included in the opposition alliance are proving themselves to be contenders for the post of PM.

Lalu’s weapon got into Shah’s hands

Overall, the term which was coined by Lalu Prasad Yadav to make BJP uncomfortable in the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections, today seems to be becoming a thorn in the neck of his alliance. Be it BJP’s cartoon or Amit Shah’s question, the opposition alliance is uneasy today. It is true that the PM does not have any universally recognized face in the opposition. The same was true for BJP in 2015 that it could not finalize any face for the post of Chief Minister of Bihar. That means, circumstances have changed in nine years. The question which was making BJP uncomfortable yesterday, is today making its opponents uncomfortable with the same question.

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