Nitish Kumar, accused by the opposition in Bihar of favoring the elections despite the risk of coronavirus, faces similar views from an ally. Chirag Paswan, the party leader Lok Janshakti who has referred the main minister more than once in recent months, has expressed concern about the Bihar election scheduled for later this year, and urged the Election Commission to consider the danger to voters.
“The Election Commission should think carefully and make a decision lest a large part of the population is in danger because of the elections. The percentage of votes in an election held in the middle of a pandemic may also drop, which is not good for democracy, “said Chirag Paswan, whose father Ram Vilas Paswan is a minister in the government led by the BJP at the center.
Paswan’s words are doomed to fail at a time when Nitish Kumar has faced almost daily attacks from opposition RJD, which claims that the state government is downplaying the coronavirus situation in order to that the assembly elections can be held in time.
“The poor die. But instead of caring for them, these people only worry about their chairs,” said Tejashwi Yadav of RJD, who is also the opposition leader in the assembly. from Bihar.
“They are only concerned with their seat. The BJP is doing their virtual rallies, the Prime Minister is doing their virtual rallies. But they are not on the side of the poor in Bihar. The poor are dying. There is devastation everywhere. But they are only worried about their kursi. They are preparing for the elections, “said Yadav.
The Bihar election, during which Nitish Kumar will seek a fourth term, is scheduled for November.
Sushil Modi, MP for Mr Kumar and one of the BJP’s top leaders, said: “At a time when the Election Commission is trying to conduct the elections safely in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, the head of the RJD, Tejaswi Yadav, is needlessly trying to rake up the problem. “
Mr. Paswan’s latest tweet once again highlights the tearing apart of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar despite the BJP’s efforts to project unity.
Recently, the LJP leader dismissed a party leader for issuing a statement that the NDA is united with Bihar.
After Mr. Paswan’s attacks, Mr. Kumar’s Janata Dal United hardened his position and ruled out any seat sharing for the assembly ballots where Mr. Paswan’s party is also a partner. The LJP will have to request seats from the BJP, said a JDU leader.
In May, Paswan said he would support the BJP “whether it accompanies Nitish Kumar’s leadership or whether he changes his mind.”
The BJP declared Nitish Kumar ministerial head of the NDA in power for the elections in Bihar.