Curtains down on high-pitch electioneering in Bihar

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 5

Curtains came down on electioneering in Bihar on Thursday, a day that saw several interesting developments.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said these were his last elections while Prime Minister Narendra Modi penned an open letter stating that people are voting for “development”, “honesty”, “good governance” and “firm resolve” and not “caste”, “corruption”, “false promises”, etc.

Meanwhile, BJP president JP Nadda, for whom these elections are as crucial as they can get, cited US elections to tell how PM’s right decision at the right time and saved India in the corona-crisis.

Announcing his retirement from active electoral politics in his last election rally on the last day of electioneering in Purnia’s Dhamdaha, the JD-U supremo made an emotional appeal to people saying that this was his last election. Incidentally, the statement was mocked by not just Opposition but also BJP’s self-appointed “Bihar ally”, LJP’s Chirag Paswan. The BJP called it his personal view, while opponents read it as “admission of defeat”. 

“Today is the last day of electioneering….Polling for the last phase will be held the day after tomorrow….. And, this is my last election…Aant bhala toh sab bhala’ (all is well that ends well),” Nitish Kumar said asking people to vote in favour of party candidate.

Prime Minister Modi, who has invested a lot of time and energy in these elections holding as many as 12 rallies, wrote a letter telling people the Nitish Kumar-led government will ensure that there are no obstructions for development policies in the State.

“I am convinced about the development of Bihar. I need Nitish Kumar government to ensure that there are no obstructions for development policies in Bihar,” he said in his four-page letter before the final phase of voting on Saturday.

“Only NDA can provide better infrastructure, rule of law imperative for social and economic prosperity in Bihar….I have full faith that the power of ‘double engine’ will take Bihar to new heights of development in this decade,” he said. 

Nadda, meanwhile, said while America stumbled during coronavirus crisis, PM Modi saved India by taking the right decision at the right time. “The results of the US election are coming…Donald Trump has been cornered by people on the issue of Corona…He stumbled but  PM Modi saved India by taking the right decision at the right time,” Nadda said in one of the rallies in the elections which the BJP is contesting on the name of PM Modi.

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