LJP leader Chirag Paswan hit out at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar over his “greed for power” and desire to remain in the top post.
On Thursday, the LJP’s Chirag Paswan said Nitish Kumar will bow before Tejashwi Yadav, the opposition alliance’s chief ministerial candidate, once Bihar election results are declared on November 10. The leader hit out at Bihar CM over his “greed for power” and desire to remain in the top post.
“The same Prime Minister whom you (Nitish Kumar) were never tired of arguing with or criticising… today you are happy to share a stage with him and bow before him as he asks for votes for you? This shows your greed for power and the chief minister’s post. After November 10 you will be bowing before Tejashwi Yadav,” Paswan scion was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The comments from Paswan come at a time when the opposition grand alliance is attempting to tighten its grip over elections ahead of the third and final phase of polling, which is scheduled for Saturday. Results for the three-phase election are due Tuesday.
Mr Paswan, in his comments, was referring to ideological contradictions between Nitish Kumar and the BJP government at the centre on matters such as the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Article 370. The Bihar CM had earlier opposed the latter before offering his government’s support.
Mr Kumar, on Thursday, also hit out at comments by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the CAA.
“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,” the JD(U) leader said in a public rally.
Though Mr Kumar did not directly name the UP CM, his comments were seen as a rejoinder to his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, who had talked about the new law that enables Indian citizenship for non-Muslim minorities from neighbouring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they fled religious persecution and entered India before 2015.