Chirag Paswan, who’s making an attempt a tough manoeuvre by preventing in opposition to ally Nitish Kumar within the Bihar election whereas remaining part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), says he’ll “100 per cent” put up candidates in opposition to the Chief Minister’s get together and do his finest to defeat him.
“Our alliance with Nitish Kumar was a compulsion. He overnight dumped RJD and Congress and came over to the NDA and became Chief Minister again. We had no choice. But we realized that Nitish Kumar kept working on his own agenda and never listened to anyone,” Chirag Paswan, the chief of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), advised NDTV.
“Nitish Kumar’s agenda is the one he started with the RJD and Congress (and continued after breaking up with them in 2017). Where is my party’s agenda in all this?”
Chirag Paswan, whose father Ram Vilas Paswan is a minister within the BJP-led central authorities, has introduced that within the October-November Bihar polls, his get together will contest alone. He says he’ll work with the BJP however put up candidates in opposition to Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU).
“Nitish Kumar will be ousted not by us but by the voters,” he says.
His get together can also be strongly pitching him as a substitute for Nitish Kumar’s job – though the BJP management has thrown its weight behind the Chief Minister.
Why now? The 37-year-old actor-turned-politician stated he had “always” been against Nitish Kumar. “Since 2013, when I entered politics, I had been opposed to Nitish Kumar. He broke away from the NDA over Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We chose to stay with the PM in 2014. That decision remains the same,” he stated, asserting that there was no political opportunism in his choice simply weeks earlier than the polls.
He additionally stated there was no stress from the BJP to rethink. He stated he had determined not to stick with Nitish Kumar the second he realized that he “doesn’t take allies along”. “I had no experience of working with him. Then I realized he was all about his own agenda and did not listen to anything we said. I have no personal fight with him. I have a problem with his policies and working style,” he stated.
After the LJP’s solo plans, the JDU and the BJP are set to announce a 50:50 cut up in seat sharing; every will accommodate a smaller ally from their share. Chirag Paswan’s choice to contest 143 of the state’s 243 seats means there could also be an overlap with the BJP in some seats.
Chirag Paswan admitted that there may very well be “friendly fights” in some seats the place his get together’s candidates could face BJP rivals. “But we are clear that we will help the BJP in forming the government. Come November 10, Bihar will have a real double engine government,” he stated.