New Delhi: Just weeks away from the state Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a virtual meeting of the NDA leaders, declared incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the Chief Ministerial candidate and the face of NDA in Bihar.
A former opponent of Kumar, the Prime Minister showered praise on his ex-nemesis saying it was Nitish Kumar who got Bihar out of the dark age and played a huge role in the rebuilding of the new India and a new Bihar.
With the fear of anti-incumbency taking its toll amid the government’s failure to check spread of Coronavirus in the state, Modi ratcheted up the rhetoric on his support for the Janata Dal – U leader saying it was only under the leadership of Nitish Kumar Bihar was able to break out of its lack of development, widespread corruption, and poor financial decisions by his predecessors for the past several decades.
The Prime Minister then went on to list Kumar’s achievements including development in the area of road and highway construction, internet connectivity, and reform in the areas of social justice for poor and downtrodden.
Assuring the people of Bihar that the Center was solidly behind its commitment for the development of every sector in Bihar, Modi, who previously backed out of granting special economic status to Bihar despite years of agitation in the forms of various ‘yatras’ by Nitish Kumar at the cost of taxpayer’s money, said that the JD-U leader was the right man to continue to lead the state in its march on the path of progress, development, and prosperity.