Bihar: Chirag Paswan criticises outgoing CM Nitish Kumar and calls for new elections

On Tuesday, Nitish Kumar, the departing chief minister of Bihar, came under fire from LJP leader Chirag Paswan for insulting the will of the people a second time.

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On Tuesday, Nitish Kumar, the outgoing Chief Minister of Bihar, came under fire from Chirag Paswan, the leader of the Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas), for insulting the will of the people a second time. In addition, Chirag Paswan came out in support of the BJP amid the political unrest in Bihar and demanded the imposition of President’s Rule in the state followed by new elections. He claimed the saffron party had accepted all of Kumar’s demands as chief minister and even made concessions on its own policies, according to news agency PTI.

“Nitish Kumar has once again insulted the people’s mandate. He has lost his credibility… Is it a joke? At one time you go with somebody and the other time with someone else,” Chirag Paswan said on Tuesday. “I request the governor to recommend the imposition of President’s Rule in the state. Elections should be held for a fresh mandate,” Chirag Paswan, son of former Union minister late Ram Vilas Paswan, said.

Hitting out at Kumar, Chirag Paswan stated, “Today, Nitish Kumar’s credibility is zero, “”We demand President’s rule to be implemented in Bihar, and the state should have new elections,” they continued. Do you (Nitish Kumar) adhere to any particular ideologies? In the upcoming elections, JD-U will receive no seats.”

It is significant to note that Nitish Kumar, the former chief minister of Bihar, met with state governor Phagu Chauhan and offered his resignation before meeting with JD(U) leaders earlier in the day to discuss the political situation and the party’s next steps. The decision made by Chief Minister Kumar was backed by JD-U MLAs and MPs, according to a report from news agency ANI.

The lawmakers reportedly warned the CM that if they were not vigilant, it would not be good for the party, recalling the former Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader’s activities during the 2020 state assembly elections without mentioning Chirag Paswan. As part of what some have claimed was a BJP conspiracy to wriggle its way into the state’s ruling alliance, Paswan had fielded dissident candidates in every seat that the JD(U) will be contesting in the 2020 elections.