Monday, April 22

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Slams PM Modi, Predicts BJP’s Downfall in 2024 Polls

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar criticized PM Modi’s “arrogant” label for the Opposition. Kumar affirmed BJP’s downfall in 2024 polls due to Opposition unity, citing media control concerns.

In a scathing criticism, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on August 11 lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his recent parliamentary statement labeling the Opposition alliance I.N.D.I.A. as “ghamandia” (arrogant). Kumar confidently asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would face defeat in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

On August 10, Prime Minister Modi accused the Opposition of refraining from discussing the Manipur issue separately, despite an offer from Home Minister Amit Shah. Responding to this, Kumar declared, “In the 2024 Lok Sabha poll, the BJP will be finished from Bihar and that is why they are in panic. They only do propaganda now, no development work is being done.” He emphasized that several political parties had progressed due to Opposition unity, originating from Patna.

Kumar further criticized the Modi government for media control, alleging that it silenced Opposition voices in the media and print. He contrasted this with the era of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, asserting that under his governance, questions were addressed, unlike the present situation where a one-sided narrative dominates.

Condemning the government’s handling of the Manipur issue, Kumar expressed concern over its lack of effective action. He criticized the government for its silence despite ongoing incidents, implying a failure to address critical matters.

Responding to claims of the BJP taking credit for Bihar’s progress, Kumar clarified that the development was his accomplishment. He reiterated that Bihar’s development could have been greater if it had received special category status.

Notably, Kumar indirectly addressed BJP’s assertion that his party, Janata Dal (United), ranked third in Bihar politics. He urged a review of the 2005 Bihar Assembly election results, emphasizing his party’s successes. In a veiled reference to Chirag Paswan, he labeled him a BJP agent without naming him, accusing him of attempting to undermine his party.

Reflecting on his political journey, Kumar recounted his party’s successes in past elections, highlighting their performance against BJP. He underscored his reluctance to assume the Chief Minister’s role after the 2020 elections, suggesting he was coerced into it.

Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav also chimed in, criticizing Modi’s parliamentary speech. Yadav criticized Modi for failing to address critical issues like women’s safety, inflation, and unemployment, instead focusing on discrediting opposition unity. He concluded that Modi’s fear of the united opposition showcased his inability to comprehend their strategies.

As the political rhetoric escalates, the upcoming Lok Sabha elections promise intense competition and high-stakes dynamics, as various parties aim to make their mark in the Indian political landscape.

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