Losing Parties have a Tendency to Blame the EVMs; Says Nitish

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Bihar Museum on Tuesday.

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Patna: With 2019 Lok Sabha elections now in the rear-view mirror, candidates and their fellow party members are now trying to recover from the grueling eight weeks of campaigning that witnessed the lowering of the political discourse like never seen before.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister and Janata Dal – U president Nitish Kumar tried to take a break from politics by visiting Bihar Museum but that did not stop him from discussing politics once he was done admiring the art works of Himmat Shah, a noted artist and sculptor.

Talking to reporters outside the museum, Kumar showed utmost confidence in the victory of BJP-led NDA in Bihar as well as at the Center.

"I have been very hopeful of the second term of the NDA at the Center. Let's wait and see the poll results on Thursday," he said.

Rubbishing opposition claims of irregularities in the electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Chief Minister said it was the losers' lament after each election.

"Whenever any party loses an election, its leaders start blaming the EVMs. If anything, EVMs have made the entire process transparent and reliable. Losing parties need to start taking blames for their loss instead of pointing fingers towards the machinery," he said.

Kumar also took a shot at his nemesis and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) de facto president Tejaswi Yadav who failed to cast his ballot last Sunday.

"He campaigned all over the state urging people to vote and then he failed to vote himself. Is this how he runs an election? I made sure to get up early morning on the polling day and ate my breakfast after I was done casting my vote," he said.

While throughout the campaigning period he remained quiet about his age-old demand of special economic status for Bihar, Kumar on Tuesday brought up the issue once again saying the state deserved special status and he will continue to bring it up with the Central government.

He also ruled out doing away with Article 370 that gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Our stand on Article 370 has always been clear and we will not support any attempt to withdraw it," Kumar said.

Later in the afternoon, the Chief Minister left for Delhi to attend a meeting of all NDA members including BJP and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from Bihar.

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