Bihar election news: With the Janata Dal (United) emerging triumphant in the Bihar Assembly elections 2015, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, often referred to as Chanakya of Bihar politics, lived up to the moniker when he surprisingly...
Bihar election news: With the Janata Dal (United) emerging triumphant in the Bihar Assembly elections 2015, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, often referred to as Chanakya of Bihar politics, lived up to the moniker when he surprisingly joined hands with arch rival Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) boss Lalu Prasad Yadav to script a third consecutive term for himself as Chief Minister after being bruised and bloodied in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Check out the top 10 quotes by Nitish Kumar that he mouthed in the lead-up to the Bihar Assembly elections:
1. Modi ji talks about smart cities. I will make the villages in Bihar so smart, they will not even look at your smart cities Modi ji.
2. They question me on electricity. I only gave electricty so Modi ji could be on TV and spread false promises during the Lok Sabha polls. They won those elections because of me. Yet they are “ahsan faramosh ” and they don’t give me any credit.
3. When Modi ji became Gujarat Chief Minister the beef export had increased 225 per cent.
4. Taking pot shots at Modi for his rallies in Bihar, Nitish said, it seems Patna has become capital of the country as well as BJP headquarters these days. “With price of pulses touching ‘200 a kg, a joke is doing round quoting the PM’s comment ‘Na khauanga na khane doonga’ (neither will I eat nor allow anybody to eat),” Kumar told an election meeting at Punpun in Patna district in support of minister Shyam Rajak. Kumar said while 300 districts were under the grip of drought-like situation in the country, the PM and his ministers were “not bothered”.
5. “The people of Bihar have made Shah and the autocrat (Modi) realise the power of democratic forces in this election… they have been rattled by an imminent defeat,” Kumar said in a tweet.
6. “You have to choose between a Bihari and a Bahari (outsider). A Bihari is standing before you, just say goodbye to the Bahari. I am not an ahankaari (arrogant) but a Bihari. I know how to protect my self-respect. I received the Prime Minister during his Bihar visit but at Muzaffarpur he said there was something wrong with my DNA,” Nitish said at a public meeting in Hayaghat in Darbhanga.
7. Cautioning people against attempts to stoke communal trouble, he said: “Prem aur sadbhav banaye rakhiye. Tarah tarah log jhagda lagane ki koshish karenge, ek kanphukwa ghoom raha hai. Sama mein jahar gholne ki koshish karenge, haddi phek denge, murti tod denge, mara suar phek denge dharmik sthalon ke paas. Inke uksane se sachet rahiyega (Maintain harmony and peace. People will try to create trouble of every kind. A rumour monger has been doing the rounds. Attempts will be made to poison the atmosphere by throwing bones, breaking idols, leaving dead pigs near religious places. Remain alert, do not get provoked).”
8. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “lowering” the dignity of his post by using words like ‘shaitan'(devil) and ‘ahankari’ (arrogant) for political rivals and questioning their DNA. “A Prime Minister can campaign for his party. But in Bihar elections, the PM has no control over language and is using words like ‘shaitan and ahankari for rivals and questioned their DNA,” Kumar said addressing an election rally at Lalganj in Vaishali district.
9. In a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged failure to deliver on his election promises, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the PM had made ‘tactical silence’ as a weapon of choice which was in stark contrast to his “unmatched theatrics and rhetoric by using unsubstantiated facts”. “Modiji was always unmatched in theatrics, rhetoric and using unsubstantiated facts. Now tactical silence is his new weapon of choice,” Kumar said in a series of tweets ahead of Modi’s rallies in Bihar on Sunday.
10. In another back-handed compliment to the PM for spending time in Bihar, Kumar thanked him for accepting his request to spend some time in Bihar even if it was for campaigning for the Assembly polls. “Chunav prachar ke liye hi sahi, parantu Modiji ne hamare ‘kuch din to gujariye Bihar mein’ ke anurodh ko maana to (Even if for campaigning during the Assembly polls, Modi has heeded to my request for spending some time in Bihar),” he said sarcastically.