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BJP knows Nitish Kumar isn’t enough. So Sushant Singh Rajput is its invisible ally in Bihar

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A youth icon of India, who belonged to Bihar, died by suicide. And if you watch Sushant Singh Rajput’s coverage on national news, death and elections seem to go hand-in-hand in India. At the heart of this madness is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s colossal failure of governance. The Narendra Modi and Amit Shah-led BJP knows it only too well. They have no other option but to continue the NDA alliance in Bihar. But Nitish Kumar cannot take them to victory by himself. So, Sushant Singh Rajput has become an invisible partner in the NDA coalition in Bihar.

That the BJP is no more sure of Nitish Kumar-Sushil Modi duo repeating their previous electoral feats is also reflected in the party’s choice of a heavyweight campaign manager for the Bihar election — former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The BJP leader, who was in Patna recently, is likely to play both sides in the ongoing Bihar vs Maharashtra battle over Sushant’s death. He can freely attack the Congress for being part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra that has come under scrutiny for its handling the actor’s death by suicide case—in Bihar, this will fetch votes for the BJP and also impact Shiv Sena’s anti-poorvanchal politics in long-term.

Even though the PM is all praise for Nitish Kumar, saying that he “played a big role for a new India and a new Bihar”, Modi knows that 15-years of ‘Sushasan babu’ isn’t enough for the people to bring him back to power.

Although India has stamped the highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases in the world, the media, especially the TV, is dominated by reports of a gold digging girlfriend who drove her boyfriend to death. For a minute, you feel you’re watching some screechy version of a C-grade news show titled ‘Love, Sex aur Dhoka’. Annoyed by the crass coverage, you change the channel, but things don’t change. Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and its investigation could not have been made more obviously political by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party’s attempt to deflect the failures of the........

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