The Bihar BJP has finally broken its silence on Chirag Paswan’s ambitious overtures to go solo in the state assembly elections, due by the end of October.
Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and senior BJP leader Sushil Modi on Tuesday declared that “Only Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister, whatever may be the outcome in terms of numbers.” He also condemned Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan’s move to rebuff Nitish Kumar’s leadership in the run-up to state elections, to be held between October 28 and November 7.
After today's joint press conference and categorical statements by @SushilModi and @sanjayjaiswalMP there is no ambiguity as far as the NDA leadership is concerned in Bihar. One JDU leader pointed out- LJP's one-sided love affair with the BJP is totally exposed.
— Akhilesh Sharma (@akhileshsharma1) October 6, 2020
Speaking at a joint press conference with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi said that Paswan Junior could not have taken such a step if his father was around. Ram Vilas Paswan recently had heart surgery and is recuperating in hospital. “Had Ram Vilas been healthy, this would not have happened. No ifs and buts,” Mr Modi said.
“If needed, we will write to the Election Commission that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo must not be misused. Only four NDA parties can use PM’s photo during campaign,” he added.
Nitish Kumar took this opportunity to remind Chirag Paswan of the contribution of the BJP and Janata Dal-United in his father (Ram Vilas Paswan) reaching the Rajya Sabha.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has split over seat-sharing between Lok Janshakti Party and Janata Dal (United). By doing so, Chirag Paswan intends to challenge Nitish Kumar’s single-handed authority in Bihar. Chirag is positioning himself as the kingmaker ahead of the polls.
The LJP aims to contest 143 of the total 243 seats in Bihar, presenting Chirag as an alternative to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in future.