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With each passing rally, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is losing his ‘Mr Cool’ image

Nitish has lost his temper at hostile sections of the crowd, and launched vicious attacks on his rival Tejashwi Yadav, his father Lalu and their family.

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Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has had a ‘Mr Cool’ image for never losing his temper publicly. But in the course of this assembly election campaign over the last week, he has seemed impatient and angry, and has even threatened those who have raised slogans against him at public gatherings.

In the Teghra assembly constituency in Begusarai district Saturday, a section of the crowd raised slogans in favour of Nitish’s one-time ally and rival Lalu Prasad, to which Nitish angrily retorted: “Agal bagal dekh lo aur samajh lo, sab ka hal theek kar denge (Look around you and understand, I will fix everyone).”

He then launched an attack on Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav — who is leading the Rashtriya Janata Dal and its allies into battle against Nitish’s JD(U) and its allies, including the Bharatiya Janata Party — for raising the issue of education, and questioning Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi, both former CMs, for failing to build schools.

“Did they make any schools? Ask your baap (father) and mata (mother). When they were in power, they just kept taking… And when one went to jail, he made his wife the CM,” Nitish said.


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Increasingly vicious attacks on Lalu’s family

Nitish Kumar’s attacks on Lalu and family began in a mild manner, but have become more and more vicious — the only common thing being that he has never taken their names.

Three days before the Teghra rally, on 21 October, Nitish was addressing a rally at Parsa in Saran district, in support of his party’s candidate Chandrika Rai, whose daughter Aishwarya has filed for divorce from Lalu’s older son Tej Pratap. A group of RJD supporters in the crowd started raising slogans in favour of Lalu.

Three times, Nitish said “arre kya keh rahe ho (what are you saying)?” and then asked them to get out. He went on to attack Lalu’s family for allegedly ill-treating Aishwarya.

The same day, Nitish faced another hostile section of the crowd in Chhapra, and he asked the police to escort them out. The RJD seethed with anger.

“If we wanted, we could also make public announcements about the family of Nitish Kumar,” said state RJD chief Jagadanand Singh.

A week ago, addressing a meeting in Rafiganj in Aurangabad district, an old man tried to draw Nitish’s attention, but was assaulted by JD(U) supporters and security. In the end, Nitish asked the security men to leave him alone and take his petition.

In Aurai assembly seat in Khagaria district too, Nitish has faced a hostile section of the crowd, but had responded by referring to the 15 years of the Lalu-Rabri regime before his 15 years in power, and said they had turned Bihar into hell, where crime and criminals reigned supreme.

At Bhorey in Gopalganj district, he said: “You have made tall promises (of 10 lakh jobs). How will you get the money for them? Will the new employees be paid from the resources your family created and went to jail?”

Nitish’s ‘desperation’

Tejashwi reacted to Nitish’s remarks in a tweet Sunday, saying the CM was exhausted and the people were fed up of his stale and boring speeches.

RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari, meanwhile, said this is Nitish Kumar’s “arrogance” speaking out.

“He has been in power for the last 15 years and does not tolerate any dissent. He thinks that what he speaks is the only truth. He has lost touch with ground realities,” Tiwari told ThePrint.

While opponents say Nitish’s frequent outbursts are a sign of desperation, his NDA partners disagree.

“This is not a sign of desperation — Tejashwi Yadav is making unfounded charges about Nitish’s 15-year regime. It is natural for the CM to remind Tejashwi of the days before he came to power in 2005, when the state was ruled for 15 years by Tejashwi’s father and mother,” said BJP spokesperson Prem Ranjan Patel.


Also read: Why Bihar’s ‘Sushasan Babu’ Nitish Kumar risks losing his reputation even if he wins


 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hmmm on NDTV Tejaswi Yadav has already won the election. It seems the same story here. This reminds me of 2017 UP elections specifically, Prannoy Roy, Jholachaap Ravish, Doraab biased Supaariwaala… All roaming in a boat in UP ‘willing’ a victory for Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Baba. If only wishes could be horses…. You know….This is where objective journalism dies. And wishful propaganda takes over.

  2. Lalu’s family is a joke.
    One son repeatedly failed to clear Class 12 exams but is an aspirant for the post of CM. Seems like he has taken his father’s “legacy” too seriously. The other son allegedly is a cross dresser and harassed and tortured his wife Ms. Aishwarya Rai. No one can forget the plight of Ms. Rai when the news was broadcast on TV channels and everyone sympathises with her.

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