Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 5
Grand alliance partners RJD and Congress wound up the final phase campaign for 78 Bihar segments with a “tired-retired” jibe on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar moments after the latter told a poll gathering that the current state election was his last.
Kumar’s dramatic declaration was music to Congress ears after the party found itself on the defensive following Rahul Gandhi’s aspersions on EVMs during rallies in Madhepura and Araria today.
Rahul drew sharp retorts from the BJP for calling EVMs “Modi Voting Machines” (MVMs).
So when Nitish Kumar announced his retirement after the current election, the Congress termed the move as a “sign of things to come”.
“The fragrance of grand alliance’s victory is giving the JDU and BJP sleepless nights. Kumar’s hopelessness and grand alliance’s hopes are sure signs of a major transition. Tired and retired Nitish government has accepted its retirement. Bihar must also move on now,” Congress poll coordinator for Bihar Randeep Surjewala said on the eve of voting to 19 north Bihar districts.
Rahul for his part pledged to build a new Bihar.
“Get ready; Now the grand alliance government will create jobs for you; it will waive off farm loans and cut your power bills by half; it will ensure free education for girls and pave the way for the growth of every individual; it will bring industry to new Bihar,” Rahul promised as a fiercely contested election drew to a close.
The Congress also went out full throttle against the BJP today as the campaign culminated with Surjewala questioning the role of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM in Bihar poll.
Raking up Mayawati’s recent promise of support for the BJP in order to see the SP defeated in Uttar Pradesh MLC elections, Surjewala asked, “The AIMIM is contesting in Bihar in alliance with the BSP. The BSP recently supported the BJP. So who is AIMIM batting for in Bihar?”