Nitish Asks Party Leaders to Learn to Ignore Opposition Criticism

Nitish Kumar with Vashisht Narayan Singh and other JD-U leaders in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Senior Janata Dal – U leader and Rajya Sabha member Vashisht Narayan Singh was honored at the Rabindra Bhawan in Patna following his re-election as the state president of the Janata Dal - U for the fourth time on Friday.

Singh was congratulated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other top leaders of the party.

The moment, however, was seized by Kumar who spent the next hour talking about himself how he was completely devoted to serving the people of Bihar despite relentless major assault on his character and functioning style by his political enemies while also instructing party leaders and workers to not talk to the media about any controversial topic to avoid creating confusion about party's stands on certain issues.

"People will talk; they have been talking about me for all these years but I don't pay any attention to such people and you also should try to ignore them. People of Bihar have elected me to serve them and that is what I plan to continue to do. Just like 2010, we will once again win the state elections with more than 200 seats. Let people keep saying whatever they want to say about me," the JD-U national president said.

Kumar then went on to list his accomplishments in terms of his schemes designed to benefit women, minorities, extreme backwards, and Mahadalits and his success in keeping crime, corruption, and communalism at bay in the state.

Without mentioning any names, the Chief Minister took a veiled attack on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) de facto chief Tejaswi Yadav saying those who did not know the A-B-C of politics were taking silly shots at him.

"These people know that the only way then can get any media spotlight is when they criticize me. That's why they keep making up things about me and accuse me of imaginary crimes. You are advised to ignore such nonsense and talk about the party with full confidence. Do you remember how arrogant these people were just before the last Lok Sabha elections and how that turned out for them?" he said.

The Chief Minister then went on to talk about his unique 'USP' (Unique Selling Point) saying his USP was to ignore noise created by his political opponents who try to attract some media attention by attacking him in public but privately admitting that they criticize him just to gain some publicity.

"Face to face, they are very nice to me. This is my USP," he said adding he only cared about the people of Bihar and he felt happy only by serving the people of the state.

Going as far back as 1994, Kumar narrated his relationship with late socialist veteran George Fernandes saying the two formed the Samata Party together that later morphed into the JD-U.

"For the last 25 years, I have not sat down idle for one day and have continued to work for the people of Bihar. Yet, some people have a habit of taking shots at me to gain some publicity. Thankfully, our party leaders are not like that," he said.

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