Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) Nitish Kumar on 5 November announced that Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 will be his last polls. While campaigning for the third phase of Bihar election 2020, Kumar appealed to vote for the JD(U) as it was the last elections for him. While appealing to the electorate to ensure his party’s victory, he said, अंत भला, तो सब भला।
He made the big announcement while campaigning in Purnia.
Notably, the JD(U) chief has been facing several protests during his campaign trail in Bihar.
Reacting to Kumar’s comments, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ajay Kumar said he was always in favour of Kumar’s retirement. He opined that Kumar should have announced a new face who could have been the chief ministerial face of the JD(U).
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha thanked Kumar for announcing that Bihar election 2020 will be his last polls. He asked Kumar to bless him and retire from politics.
Commenting on Kumar’s sudden announcement, Indian National Congress (INC) said it might be a political statement and the JD(U) chief may be trying to play an emotional card to woo the voters.
INC Bihar president Madam Mohan Jha said that Kumar has sensed that he is going to lose and thus made the announcement. He claimed that it might be a ploy of Kumar to attract the voters towards his party.
Nitish Kumar, a three-time chief minister, has been criss-crossing the state which is due to vote in the third polls on 7 November. The results for the election will be announced on 10 November.
Kuamr’s JD(U), an ally of the NDA, is up against Tejashwi Yadav-led magagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) comprising the INC and other smaller parties.
Kumar’s government was hailed by the state as a pleasant change from a long spell of rampant corruption, crimes and misgovernance. As the Chief Minister, he appointed more than 100,000 school teachers, ensured that doctors worked in primary health centres, electrified many villages, paved roads, cut female illiteracy by half, turned around a lawless state by cracking down on criminals and doubled the income of the average Bihari.