He has got over his shock given by Patna High Court by re-imposing prohibition through another notification issued on the subject on Sunday.
He had tried to rope her in for the popularity of his Janata Dal (U) party but she has not shown any inclination to join the party. The attempt to bring her in was made soon after she broke her 16 -year fast and made her intention to fight coming parliament election known.
Arun Srivastava, general secretary and incharge of the party in the North-east had met her soon after her announcement. She had not opened her mind then. Since then one leader or the other has been meeting her. A meeting was held with her in Delhi on Saturday last but she did not give any positive sign on that occasion too.
The party had also approached her on the eve of the 2014 parliament election but she had declined the offer on the plea that she was not in favour of contesting election from jail.
Sharmila's entry into the party would have been a welcome development and gone well with the clean image of Bihar chief minister who is trying to expand his base. She had fasted for a record time and has entered the Guinness book of records to demand withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Power Act which was enforced by the Centre in 1958.
Nitish has already toured some parts of the country in this connection. His stress is on the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh where election is to be held next year.
He has chosen a right issue to gain popularity-- prohibition. Non- drinkers in many states could favour the idea and he would like to cash their sentiment. To his misfortune, however, Uttar Pradesh government has not backed his move both for political and economic reasons.
Politically former state chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief has not been close to him though his partner Rashtriya Janta Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is. Loss of revenue is another area of difference between the two. Nitish has not given up and is likely to campaign again to propagate his prohibition policy . Frequency of his visit to the state is likely to increase on the eve of election.