The BJP on Monday admitted that the compulsions of sharing power with the JD(U) for nearly eight years prevented it from exposing the weaknesses of the Bihar government.
But, just a day after the split, it has gone into opposition mode, with the decks being cleared for Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to visit Bihar and campaign for the BJP as and when the party required him to do so.
"As long as the BJP was in the Nitish Kumar-led coalition regime, our hands were tied. Now that we are free, we'll be the voice of the suffering masses in Bihar 24x7 and 365 days a year," state BJP president Mangal Pandey told HT Monday.
"We will play aggressive opposition of the kind Kumar has not witnessed in the nearly eight years he has been in office."
Pandey said the BJP, with 91 MLAs in the 243-member assembly, was in a much stronger position to take on the Nitish Kumar regime than the Lalu Prasad-led RJD, which has just 22 MLAs.
"We have a series of stirs lined up, beginning with our Bihar bandh call for Tuesday (June 18) in protest against the JD(U) leadership's betrayal of the five-year mandate for the NDA as a whole," he stated.
Pandey identified "bureaucratic excesses" as an issue on the BJP's immediate agitational agenda. Corruption at the grassroots was another item that would be taken up, he said.
The BJP chief was, however, silent on whether the BJP, having been part of the two Nitish Kumar regimes (2005-10 & 2010 till Sunday), would share the blame for the shortcomings of the governments.
Modi, the man the BJP kept away from successive election campaigns in Bihar over the past eight years or more, reportedly on Kumar's insistence, won't be in the state for another four months.
"What is certain now is that Narendrabhai will be in Patna for the BJP's hunkar (admonishing cry) rally on October 27," said party leader Giriraj Singh on Monday soon after returning to Patna after meeting the Gujarat chief minister in Gandhinagar.