The war of words ahead of the Bihar election shows no sign of abating. In a sudden turn of events which has put Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a spot, Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav has now slammed Nitish over his differences with LJP Chief Chirag Paswan. LJP is BJP’s ally in the NDA government at the Centre.
Tejashwi Yadav said, “What Nitish Kumar did with Chirag Paswan was not good. Chirag needs his father at this time more than ever before, but Ram Vilas Paswan is not among us and we are sad about it. Nitish Kumar has done injustice to Chirag Paswan.”
This is not the first time Tejashwi has cornered Bihar CM. He has also challenged Nitish to take part in an open debate on achievements of his government. “I would request Nitish Kumar to debate on any of his achievements in the past 15 years. We can debate on his achievement and we should start a new debating trend. There should be a Chief Minister candidates’ debate. Nitish Ji should accept my challenge,” he added.
With Chirag Paswan leaving no stone unturned to mount his blistering attack whom he also called “arrogant”, Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) finds itself in a spot with elections virtually knocking at the door. Recently, he urged people to not vote for JD(U) and said, “We can imagine the upcoming five years by looking at Nitish Kumar’s tenure of the last five years. We have to take urgent measures to bring Bihar out of this state of helplessness.”
The Opposition led by RJD sees this as the right time to corner Nitish government. The calibrated attack comes after Nitish began highlighting his achievements.
RJD, Congress, and left parties are working together to oust Nitish from the throne while for Chirag Paswan this will be a litmus test of sorts since the party is fighting against BJP’s ally JD(U).
The state will go to the polls in three phases: October 28, November 3, November 7. The results will be declared on November 10.