Bihar CM Nitish Kumar favours concurrent elections, rejects dynastic rule, says Congress started it

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New Delhi | Published: September 19, 2017 8:48:29 AM

Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar on Monday favoured the concurrent elections to the Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and civic bodies.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (PTI/File Photo)

Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar on Monday favoured the concurrent elections to the Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and civic bodies. As per Indian Express report, the Bihar CM advocated that this can help save election expenses. Moreover, this will help the government time for good governance. He also took a dig the Congress and RJD who promotes dynastic politics. He, in fact, said that the Congress introduced ‘dynastic rule” in the country. While speaking to media after Lok Samvad, his public interaction programme, Nitish said,”Simultaneous Lok Sabha and Vidha Sabha polls, as also civic polls, would save not only recurrent election expenses but would give ample time to the elected governments to focus on governance.”

Echoing in the line of BJP, Nitish said that BJP has mooted the idea for long. The RJD had rejected the idea by saying that an elected government should be allowed to complete its term. He also said that he has opposed the dynastic politics from the very beginning, and his stand on the issue is unchanged.

Taking a swipe at RJP chief Lalu Yadav’s family, he said,”One gets a position in politics not to accumulate wealth but to work for people’s welfare. Property earned through illegal and corrupt means does not serve one good. One who does wrong is caught sooner rather than later. Misdeeds cannot be hidden for long.”

Nitish also reacted to the increase in petrol and diesel prices. He said,”There is a need to have a constant watch on price-rise but it is not fair to keep petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST only on consideration of price-rise. Price of these two are determined every day and, hence, it could be less one day and more on another day. But it is also true that governments need taxes for development work.”

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