Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 28
As polling began Wednesday morning in 71 assembly constituencies of Bihar in the first phase of three-phase elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in three places in the state. At 10 AM he will address a public meeting at Raj Maidan, Darbhanga. It will be followed by speeches in Pachrukhi Maidan, Motipur, Muzaffarpur at 11. 45 AM and Veterinary College Campus, Patna at 1.30 PM
These are crucial meetings for the NDA in the backdrop of negative perceptions building against incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who has been caught losing his cool in public spaces several times in the past. It will be interesting to note what the Prime Minister says concerning Kumar, whose face appears to have gone missing from his posters—possibly an attempt by the BJP to ride on the prime minister’s popularity and make it Modi versus the rest in Bihar.
Observers say Nitish Kumar’s taunt at an election rally about “having eight to nine children in the quest for a son” targetting Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, is believed to have not gone down well with people.
It as a proof of his “frustration over changed circumstances and public swell for Tejashwi”, the eighth of former chief ministers Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi’s nine children, they say. Nitish Kumar is known for “good speak” in public and the “distasteful remark and anger in public ” is contrary to his nature, they say.
In a measured response, Tejashwi said even Nitish Kumar’s insults were “blessings” for him. Later, he said the Chief Minister had insulted “women and my mother’s sentiments”.