Should we call the killing of Rupesh Kumar, the 42-year-old employee of Indigo Airlines, an untoward incident or on illustration of worsening law and order situation in the State? How are we otherwise supposed to deal with the demise that severely restricts and impacts our lives and livelihood, given the worrisome situation of law and order in Bihar?
I believe Nitish Kumar has taken a backseat for now, knowing fully about his limitations, given the JDUs below-average electoral performance and presentation. At best, the party is working to ensure the consolidation of the lower OBC communities (Luv- Kush), Koeri and Kurmi, shifting their loyalty to the BJP in the state. Nitish babu is familiar that an erasure of the votes of these castes as any erosion will eventually lead to his political downfall, as we partially witnessed during last year’s Assembly elections in the State.
Still, would you expect him to take charge of the safety and security of the common person in the state? I doubt if he is in any position to take charge, given the uncertainties of this alliance with players Manjhi and Kushwaha keeping a keen eye on the daily developments rolling the state politics.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Nitin Navin has asked for a CBI investigation into the alleged killing of Rupesh Kumar. The point is, will Nitish Kumar honour the opinion of their alliance colleagues or sit silent for a while? He should remember that the same set of allegations and charges drowned his alliance with the RJD in July 2017, giving him a valid pretext for breaking up with the Yadavs.
Time has come for a thoughtful introspection, Mr Kumar.