Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s stunner that the ongoing assembly elections were his last, triggered hectic speculation in the political circles here Friday. The ruling Janata Dal (United) categorically dismissed suggestions that Kumar, who also heads the party, had retirement from politics on his mind while stating that the ongoing assembly elections were his “last”.
Vashishtha Narayan Singh, a veteran socialist leader who has been associated with Nitish Kumar for more than 30 years and currently heads the party’s state unit, disapproved of interpretations “without listening to the full statement”.
“Ye mera aakhiri chunaav hai…….Ant bhala to sab bhala” (This is my last election…all is well that ends well), Kumar had said at Dhamdaha in Purnea district on Thursday while winding up his speech, leading to a flurry of reactions from the opposition parties which insisted Kumar’s words were admittance of an “impending defeat”.
“Does a political or social worker ever retire? Is Nitish Kumar himself contesting the assembly elections”, asked Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP, pointing to the fact that the Chief Minister is himself a member of the legislative council. “We cant help it if the opposition finds pleasure in drawing inferences without listening to the full statement or understanding the context. But the fact remains he was addressing his final election rally, minutes before campaign for the third and last phase of elections came to a close. He was referring to that”, Singh asserted.
Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan grabbed the chief ministers remarks to enchantment to folks to not waste their votes on any candidate of the ruling Janata Dal United. “Sahab says this is his last election. He refused to give an account for his last five years and has already declared that he has no intention of doing so next time. Dont elect a person who will not come to you for blessings tomorrow. There will be no sahab or JDU in the next election. Who will you then question,” Paswan tweeted
साहब ने कहा है की यह उनका आख़िरी चुनाव है।इस बार पिछले 5 साल का हिसाब दिया नहीं और अभी से बता दिया की अगली बार हिसाब देने आएँगे नहीं।अपना अधिकार उनको ना दें जो कल आपका आशीर्वाद फिर माँगने नहीं आएँगे।अगले चुनाव में ना साहब रहेंगे ना जे॰डी॰यू॰।फिर हिसाब किससे लेंगे हम लोग ?
— युवा बिहारी चिराग पासवान (@iChiragPaswan) November 5, 2020