Nitish Kumar, four times Chief Minister of Bihar – nicknamed “Sushashan Babu (Mr. Good Governance) – today appealed to the people on behalf of his record for a fifth term.” If you like my job, vote for me. . Otherwise, you have the freedom to choose your candidate, ”he told people at a virtual rally to kick off his campaign for state elections slated for later this month.
Eleven of the state’s 243 constituencies vote in the first of the three-phase elections on October 28.
“We have done a lot. Please decide according to the job. If you give me another chance, we will work tirelessly,” the Chief Minister said.
In a first, the chief minister also attacked Tejashwi Yadav, the son of Frenemy Lalu Yadav, who heads the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the absence of his father and is their main ministerial candidate.
Lalu Yadav, who is in jail for a battery of corruption cases, will not contest or campaign for the first time in more than four decades.
Urging people to beware of Tejashwi Yadav’s promise to provide 10 lakh jobs in his first cabinet meeting, Nitish Kumar led a jibe against Lalu Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi, who ruled Bihar for over 15 years .
Without naming Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish Kumar said, “You (the voters) should know how many cabinet meetings were held during his parents’ 15-year rule.”
All decisions at the time were made “in anticipation of the cabinet decision,” Kumar said in a reminder of the period his alliance says is synonymous with anarchy (Goonda raj), corruption and nepotism.
In the past 15 years, more than six lakh have secured government jobs, compared to more than 95,000 during the RJD’s reign, he said.
Nitish Kumar also ridiculed the two main opposition ministerial candidates – the Grand Alliance’s choice Tejashwi Yadav and Upendra Kushwaha, who is the third front candidate of the Bahujan Samaj party of Mayawati and AIMIM.
“Kisi mein koi dam nahi hain (neither has potential),” Kumar said, dismissing the top two prospects.
In his remarks, Mr. Kumar also gave details on the implementation of his seven commitments made before the 2015 elections. The list included the provision of electricity in every household, running drinking water and 35% reservation. for women in government jobs.
His promises this time included vocational training for the state’s youth and more urbanization.
Mr Kumar, however, said he was unhappy that despite his best efforts at industrialization, not much could be done on this front. Industrialists, he said, are reluctant to come and invest in the state.
Bihar will vote on October 28, November 3 and 7 for a new government and the results will be announced on November 10.