Future foretold? Bihar political crisis was waiting to happen, thanks to Lalu-Nitish 'opportunistic' alliance in 2015
'Ready to drink poison to crush the cobra of communalism' is how RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav defined the decision to announce JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate of the grand alliance in Bihar in 2015.
The Income Tax Department has conducted raids and surveys at 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas to probe into the alleged benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and others.
It seems the stage is set for the end of 17-year-old alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal(United). Follow live updates here.
Bihar's ruling coalition is set to come apart with BJP ministers refusing to attend a cabinet meeting called by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Sunday and a senior JD-U leader declaring that a divorce was a mere formality.
However, one should keep in mind that the two political scenarios - the split with Lalu and the tiff with BJP - are entirely different in nature.