The oneupmanship that was started by Nitish has bit him back rather rudely. Modi seems to be a very astute politician who knows his onions and how to manoeuvre the situation to suit his purpose. One has to just observe how cleverly he has turned the tables and yet, none can complain or take umbrage. However, what is important is that this oneupmanship and sniping, directly and indirectly, will cost the NDA heavily at the ballots. And that would be an interesting phenomenon to observe in 2014, if not earlier.