Nitish Kumar and his grand gaffes amid twisting trails of LS poll

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

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Nitish Kumar in another gaffe wishes Narendra Modi another term as CM

By Manish Anand

New Delhi, May 27: Eyebrows were raised when the Election Commission announced seven-phase Lok Sabha elections for 40 parliamentary seats of Bihar. Except for a few districts, the state is without any visible presence of Maoist extremists.

The people in Bihar braved the blistering heat to bear the six phases of polls so far. The seventh phase on June 1 will deliver the people from the entertaining spectacles of elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have taken the entertainment quotient in the Bihar politics seriously. He repeated his ‘Mujra’ barb for the opponents once more in his rally in Bihar yesterday.

“Lalten lekar Mujra karne wale Bihariyon ka apman kar rahe haen (Those holding lantern for dance of prostitutes are disgracing the people of Bihar),” said Modi in Bihar.

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The prime minister has shown extreme concerns for the pride of the people of Bihar with his utterances in the recent days. His ire is clearly aimed at Tejashwi Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Yadav has logged in more than 200 public meetings so far in Bihar. He may be the only Opposition leader who is matching the scale of the electioneering of the prime minister.

Yadav is egged on with visible consolidation of Muslim-Yadav vote base. Icing on the cake for him has been provided by his politically astute father Lalu Prasad Yadav.

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The RJD patriarch gave far more Lok Sabha tickets to the candidates from the extremely backward castes (EBCs) to take wind out of the sails of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP and the Janata Dal (United) alliance. He has scores to level with his pal turned foe, the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Kumar is showing visible signs of pressure on him. His slips of tongue have been treats for meme fest.

“May Narendra Modi become the chief minister once,” Kumar said in a public meeting in the suburbs of Patna. The BJP candidate and the former Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, looked stunned.

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Knowing the strength of the virality of the social media platforms, Prasad with visible pain on his face sought to correct the Bihar CM. “Pradhan Mantri. Pradhan Mantri…,” urged Prasad to the Bihar CM.

Indeed, Kumar asserted that “Narendra Modi is the prime minister, and he will continue in the post”. But the political hawk eyes are curious at so many instances of slips of tongue of the Bihar CM.

“Abki baar, 4000 paar,” Kumar had said in one of the rallies that he attended along with Modi in Bihar. He had raised Modi’s target for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to win with a multiple of 10 in the Lok Sabha elections.

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Kumar is widely known to speak in measured words. He, in fact, tests the capacity of the political observers to decode his spoken words.

Did he make fun of the BJP’s slogan of ‘abki baar, 400 paar’? Did he throw ideas for the BJP if the saffron outfit is voted out of power in the Lok Sabha elections?

Kumar was the first mover of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections after he jumped off from the Opposition alliance to board the saffron boat. Will the chief minister make another volte-face?

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