Three-time Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has hinted at his political retirement on the last day of the Bihar election campaign. While addressing a rally in Purnia district, he announced that the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 will be his last elections.
“Today is the last day of campaigning and day after tomorrow is the election. This is my last election…aant bhala to sab bhala,” Nitish Kumar said while addressing a public gathering in Bihar’s Purnia district.
“Saheb has said that this is his last election. This time, he has not given an account of his last five years of governance and has already told that he will not come to give account next time. Do not vote for those who will not come to seek your blessings again tomorrow. In the next elections, neither saheb will remain nor Janata Dal (United). Then who will give the account?” Lok Janshakti Party Chief Chirag Paswan tweeted taking a dig at Kumar.
Earlier, Paswan stated that Nitish Kumar would stand “with hands folded and head bowed” before Rashtriya Janata Dal leadership for another opportunity of power politics despite the party’s poor performance in the assembly elections. Tejashwi Yadav, the opposition grand alliance’s chief ministerial candidate, has often hinted how Kumar was “tired”.
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala took a dig at Kumar’s statement and said now Bihar would move on as “tired and retired” Nitish Kumar-led government has accepted retirement.
Nitish Kumar began his political journey in 1977 and it took him eight years to make his first win from Harnaut in 1985 after failing twice in 1977 and in 1980.
Kumar, who is currently seeking his fourth consecutive term as the CM, has been one of the two major poles of Bihar politics, the other being RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Nitish has come a long way from the political years he spent under the umbrella of Lalu, and George Fernandes in the Samata Party, which the two of them had founded in 1994. In 2000, as part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Nitish became the CM of Bihar. He has been supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party since 2005, barring four years (June 2013 to July 2017).