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Recently, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for the abolition of the post of governor. He is not alone in his thinking. The argument is that governors are beholden to their political masters and ever-willing to meddle in state politics so as to help topple duly elected governments. This is largely true, but I believe getting rid of the institution is akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
There have been intense politics around caste identity, linguistic identity, regional identity, religious identity and a lot of other identities that can be manufactured but there's hardly a whisper about the electoral potential of gender as an identity.
Recently, Nitish Kumar took on the BJP by calling for an "RSS-mukt Bharat". It is becoming increasingly clear that he is attempting to position himself as a contender to Prime Minister Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, a master plan that seems obvious in his relentless efforts to cobble together an alliance of small regional parties like Ajit Singh's RLD and Babulal Marandi's JVM. So, does Nitish stand any chance to emerge as the leader of this anti-BJP front?