Time to fight coronavirus not elections: Prashant Kishor to Nitish Kumar

Polls in Bihar are due in October-November but the Election Commission has so far not made any official announcement

Prashant Kishor

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.

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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.

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