The Commmies goofed up from the moment Karat took the reins-He’s probably not even won a high school election. They had a chance to live up to their claims to be different-but their policies at the centre and in West Bengal exposed them. To be honest, all the losers in this election need to start reinventing themselves-parties like the Congress,DMK and even the JD-U did just that and reaped the dividends.
IMHO, Nitish Kumar has not re-invented the JD(U). He has, as usual, done terrific work in a system which was ruined and rotten to the core. He is an honest and efficient administrator and has turned Bihar around. Even the Congress cabinet ministers were loath to disturb him.
All the huzzas that Lallu Yadav got as Railways Minister were in fact due to the solid foundation laid by Nitish Kumar as the previous Railways Minister in the NDA govt. Lallu only took the credit. In fact, Railway finances are currently in a very precarious position now because fares have not been increased over 5 yrs now, and the freight market on which it was cross-subsidised, is in a tail-spin. Lalu will leave at an oppurtune time, leaving the rotten mess for the next minister.