Taking a swipe at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday (July 11), poll strategist Prashant Kishor asked not endager people’s lives in a “hurry” to hold the assembly polls.
Posting on his twitter feed in Hindi, he said “this is time to fight the coronavirus not elections.” He pointed out that the coronavirus situation in Bihar was worsening like many other states, yet much of the government resources and machinery were busy making preparation for the polls.
“Nitish Kumar ji, this isnt time to fight elections but the coronavirus. Dont endanger peoples lives in this hurry to hold the polls,” he tweeted.
देश के कई राज्यों की तरह #बिहार में भी #करोना की स्थिति बिगड़ती जा रही है लेकिन सरकारी तंत्र और संसाधनों का एक बड़ा हिस्सा चुनाव की तैयारियों में लगा है।@NitishKumar जी ये चुनाव नहीं #करोना से लड़ने का वक़्त है। लोगों की ज़िंदगी को चुनाव कराने की जल्दी में ख़तरे में मत डालिए।🙏🏼
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) July 11, 2020
Kishor, once a confidant of the JD(U) president before he turned a critic and was expelled from the party, joined leaders like Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tejashwi Yadav in suggesting that the Bihar assembly polls should be deferred due to the pandemic.
Polls in Bihar are due in October-November but the Election Commission has so far not made any official announcement about its schedule.
The BJP and the JD(U) have been holding organisational meetings and said that they are ready for the elections.