In an attempt to position Tejashwi Yadav as the Mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2025 elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shivanand Tiwari failed, and instead advised the current CM Nitish Kumar to establish a “ashram” for offering political training. Nitish Kumar would not inaugurate the ashram, according to Upendra Kushwaha, president of the JD(U) party’s national parliamentary board, because “millions of countrymen…want Nitish ji to continue serving them…while remaining at the top of power.”
In a Hindi tweet, Kushwaha advised, “I think if you need to, you should go for some other ashram.”
Tiwari counselled Nitish Kumar to establish an ashram to offer political training and transfer the chief ministerial office to Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in 2025 while speaking to party members at the RJD state council meeting in Patna.
“Nitish Kumar had already declared that he would inaugurate the ashram and offer political training. When I appoint Tejashwi to be the chief minister in 2025, I’ll remind him to start that ashram. After that, I’ll join you in the ashram to train the political operatives beside you.”
RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, and other prominent party figures were present at the meeting.
Later, Tiwari explained that he made the jokey comment to support Tejashwi Yadav’s candidacy for chief minister of Bihar in 2025.
“CM Nitish Kumar made a nice speech when he claimed he has no desire and wants to support youth. So I suggested that Tejashwi Yadav become chief minister in 2025, and in a humorous way, I suggested that an Ashram be established and that political training be provided there, according to Tiwari, who was quoted by ANI.
Prior to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Nitish Kumar tried to bring the opposition parties together and realigned with the RJD-led grand coalition. This sparked rumours that he wanted to become prime minister, something he has frequently rejected.