Bihar: Nitish Kumar says 2020 polls are his 'last election'
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday declared that the 2020 state Assembly elections will be his last. Kumar, a three-time Chief Minister, made the statement while addressing a poll rally at Purnia. Assembly elections are currently underway in Bihar, with the third phase of polling scheduled to be held on Saturday. Kumar has been campaigning for his re-election. Here are more details.
Speaking in Hindi at the rally, Kumar said, "Jan leje, aaj chunav ka aakhri din hai aur parson chunav hai aur ye mera antim chunav hai. Ant bhala, to sab bhala. (Know that today is the last day of campaigning and the day after tomorrow is the election. And this is my last election. All's well that ends well.)"
The three-phase Bihar elections are currently underway with 94 constituencies across 17 districts voting on Tuesday. The first phase was held on October 28 across 71 constituencies, while the third phase will be held across 78 constituencies on November 7. The results will be declared on November 10. Bihar has 72 million registered voters, according to the Election Commission.
Kumar is the CM candidate for the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which includes the Janata Dal (United), the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) along with smaller parties. NDA ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is contesting separately from the alliance. Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Janata Dal's (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav is the CM candidate for the 'Grand Alliance,' which includes RJD, Congress, and Left parties.
Further, at Thursday's rally, Kumar slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his comments on "throwing out infiltrators" while speaking about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Kumar said, "Who does all this malicious campaigning? Who says all this faltu baat (nonsense)? Who will throw people out? No one dares do that. Everyone belongs to this country, everyone is Indian."