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‘My last election’: Nitish drops bomb at Bihar rally

‘My last election’: Nitish drops bomb at Bihar rally
Nitish Kumar
PURNEA (BIHAR), NOV 5 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 11/5/2020 12:29:51 PM IST

With just a couple of days to go for the last phase of the assembly polls in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made a sensational announcement at election rally in Purnea, that this will be his last elections.

On the last day of campaigning, Kumar, while addressing the gathering in Purnia, said that ‘all’s well that ends well’, and urged the voters to put the ‘garland of victory’ on the NDA coalition in his last polls.

The JD(U), which is part of the NDA, is expected to face a tough fight from Tejashwi Yadav-led RJD. Kumar has been facing hostile crowds at several election rallies—the latest being at Harlakhi in Madhubani, where onions were thrown at him. He, reportedly, lost his cool and asked the crowd to continue throwing onions at him.

Similarly, Kumar lost his temper at an election rally at Parsa in Saran district on October 21 after a section of the crowd chanted “Lalu Zindabad”. He chided them for “acting on behalf of his political rivals”.

On October 26, a slipper was thrown towards Kumar by protesters while he was going towards the helicopter after completing his speech at an election meeting at Sakra in Muzaffarpur district.

Kumar had also come under fire for making unsavoury comments of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his children, including Tejashwi Yadav.

Political analysts say Kumar’s declaration might be a last-ditch attempt to woo the voters ahead of the final phase of polls on November 7. The counting is on November 10.

Rift in Bihar NDA? Nitish hits out at Yogi over ‘infiltrators’ comment

While campaigning in Bihar’s Katihar on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised to root out “Bangla infiltrators”. “PM Narendra Modi’s government at the Centre has adopted a policy in this regard. Under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Centre gives citizenship to minority people persecuted in Bangladesh and Pakistan, but if anyone tries to infiltrate into India, he will be deported,” he said, reported Times of India. 

A day later, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar—BJP’s ally in NDA—hit out against “malicious statements”, in a dig seen as directed at Yogi. This also pushes into the spotlight the rift between the BJP and the JD(U) ahead of the election. 

Kumar said, reported NDTV: “Who does all this malicious campaigning? Who says all this faltu baat (nonsense)? Who will throw out people? No one dares do that. Everyone belongs to this country, everyone is Indian. Who talks like this? Our effort is to work for harmony, unity and brotherhood so there can be progress.”

Early this year, amid raging protests over Citizenship Amendment Act and an all India NRC, he had asserted that a nationwide implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) was needless and had no justification.

Speaking in the state legislative assembly in January this year, Kumar had said that NRC was an exercise confined to Assam as part of the accord signed by the Rajiv Gandhi government. “A nationwide NRC would be needless [koi zarurat nahin hai] and has no justification [koi auchitya nahin hai]. We do not think any such thing is going to take place. I think the prime minister, too, has spoken clearly on this”, he had said.

Training guns at his political adversaries, without taking any names, Kumar said “some people want to promote fight between castes and religious groups”. His barb seems to be directed at AIMIM and some other opposition parties. Kumar said his government has always worked for all sections of the society and promoted communal harmony in the state. He continued to attack principal rival, the RJD, and said they “wasted” time when they were in power for 15 years and did not do any development work.

 

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