Akhiri Chunav for Nitish Kumar, what it means for BiharNovember 5, 2020
Bihar elections- What Significance Nitish Kumar’s Announcement Of Retirement Holds
Amid tense poll campaign in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is facing an unexpectedly tough fight from Mahagathbandhan CM candidate Tejashwi Yadav, used his most powerful and perhaps last ‘arrow’ from his quiver. The JD-U chief took everyone by surprise announcing his retirement from elections which is being considered as an emotional card ahead of final phase poll.
While addressing a rally in Purnia, he announced that this would be his last election. Urging people to vote him, the CM said, “All’s well that ends well”.
Kumar received quick support from PM Modi. The PM wrote an open letter to people of Bihar, citing he needs the support of Nitish Kumar to carry on development works in the state.
Meanwhile, reacting over JD-U chief’s announcement, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said, “We have been saying this for long that Nitish Kumar Ji has worn out and he is not able to manage Bihar. Now on the last day of the election campaign, he has announced that he is taking retirement from politics, maybe he has understood the ground realities.”
Congress termed his announcement as an acceptance of defeat. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said,” Thankfully, Nitish Ji has conceded defeat before the third phase of Bihar polls. Nitish Ji & Modi Ji have caused more harm to Bihar than anyone else in past. Nitish babu should retire, he can share his good experiences with Mahagathbandhan’s CM candidate.”
LJP chief Chirag Paswan also took a dig at Kumar, saying if a leader runs away from the battlefield what will his people do? He added, “If he thinks that with this he will be able to escape a corruption investigation, then I won’t let it happen. If he’s found guilty, he will have to go to jail”
Consequently, if Kumar leaves the political arena, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav will be the first beneficiary. Minus-Nitish Kumar Bihar political battle will be a soft fight for his rivalries as he is arguably the tallest leader in the state.
Notably, Nitish’s announcement has multi-dimensional implications in the state. Bihar politics is already deserted with the absence of seasoned leaders- Lalu Prasad Yadav who is in the jail and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan who died recently.
As old guards are leaving Bihar politics, now the state can expect a flow of fresh blood which may change the stereotype image of state politics. Also, there would be a leadership crisis in JD-U as Nitish has not nurtured next-generation politicians in his party. There is a big question mark over his successor in the party.