Patna: With 2019 now back in the rearview mirror and state elections only a few months away, politicians began retooling their electoral strategy as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi toned down his rhetoric against Janata Dal-U leader Prashant Kishor saying he hoped any bitterness caused by the recent exchange of harsh interaction between the two would fade away and all will be forgotten in the greater interest of Bihar.
Talking to reporters in Patna on the New Year's Day, Modi, who, along with other NDA leaders, had been saying negatives things about Kishor, a Nitish confidant and an experienced political strategist, over the latter's stinging criticism of Modi-Shah's Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), said he hoped with the arrival of the new year, bygones will be bygones and the NDA that comprises JD-U in Bihar, will remain intact for the greater good of the state.
"Let bygones be bygones. I do hope that the all the bitterness and mistrust between the two parties fade away in Bihar and people send back the NDA into power with a thumping majority" he said.
As recalled, Kishore has slammed the Center for forcing CAA and NRC on the state governments and has also advocated for the JD-U to get the lion share of seats in Bihar with BJP being a junior party in the state where, he has maintained, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar enjoys more popularity than any other politician in Bihar.
The Deputy Chief Minister has criticized Kishor of over-estimating his strategic skills and has accused him of 'going against the coalition dharma'.
Kishor has also been slammed by BJP leader Nitin Navin and even JD-U leaders like RCP Singh and Sanjay Singh who have gone on record to say the political strategist was making comments that were not in favor of the alliance and might even damage the coalition giving political edge to the opposition parties.