Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said the grand alliance of the JD-U, RJD and Congress and the BJP-led NDA are not running neck-to-neck in 5-phased Bihar assembly elections.
“There is no neck-to-neck in Bihar. Nothing neck-to-neck happens here. The BJP is trying to create an environment of political hype, and they are experts in boasting. Using this technique, they try to gain publicity,” Nitish told ANI in an exclusive interview here.
Nitish further said that the BJP got a mandate in the Lok Sabha elections last year since there was division of votes between him and the RJD of Lalu Prasad Yadav, but the situation has taken a different twist in the ongoing Bihar polls.
“The BJP does not have a strong base in Bihar. They achieved success in the Lok Sabha elections because of a division of votes between me and Lalu ji. But the situation is different this time around,” he added.
“Only the media is projecting the BJP as being in a neck-to-neck fight with the Mahagathbandhan. The BJP is most definitely demoralised after the first two phases of these elections. We don’t talk about seats nor is there any talk of an electoral fight. We all know that there is an election taking place and we should compete in it seriously. We should not take our opponents for granted. We should not see or consider them to be weak or strong, and that’s what we are doing,” Nitish said.
Nitish’s observation was in response to BJP president Amit Shah’s recent claim that the NDA would win 32 to 34 seats in the first phase of the assembly elections and around 24 seats in the second phase.