Modi, who served as his no. 2 and finance minister, hit back, saying that he was now sitting on the Congress’ lap, forgetting his socialist icons like Ram Manohar Lohia and Karpoori Thakur Ram who were against the Congress.
Till their political divorce, Sushil Modi was seen by many BJP leaders as a “slave” of Nitish. In fact, in June 2008, a revolt against him by BJP MLAs became so serious that a ‘secret ballot’ was held to assess his support.
Modi won and stayed on and Nitish was very happy.
In 2010, Modi backed Nitish’s call to keep Gujarat CM out of Bihar. It was his slogan, “Ab ki baar naya Bihar — Nitish Kumar, Nitish Kumar,” that caught on.
Now, with Nitish dumping BJP, Modi is back on top of BJP’s internal popularity chart.