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Bihar election: You acquired it unsuitable, Nitish Kumar tells journalists about ‘final ballot’ comment – India News , Firstpost

Addressing a rally within the Purnia district final week, Nitish had stated that the 2020 polls could be his ‘final election’. However, on Thursday he stated that he had meant the ‘final rally’ of the election

Nitish Kumar addressed a press convention after assembly new JD(U) MLAs on Thursday. ANI

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday sought to make clear his current “aakhiri chunaav” (final ballot) comment which had triggered intense speculations, and claimed that it was an utterance made by him each time he wrapped up an election marketing campaign, however it was “misunderstood” this time.

The JD(U) president was speaking to journalists for the primary time after outcomes for the Assembly elections got here out and the NDA acquired a transparent majority, although his personal get together suffered a droop and acquired outperformed by junior associate BJP. The JD(U) gained 43 seats in opposition to the saffron get together’s 71.

“You guys didn’t get it proper. I say the identical factor on the final rally in each election — anth bhala to sab bhala (all is properly that ends properly),” stated Kumar when requested about his closing remarks at an election assembly he addressed in Purnia district final week, shortly earlier than campaigning for the ultimate part of polls got here to an finish.

“Listen to what I said before and after it and you will understand the context. Had you done so, you would not have misunderstood it,” stated Kumar whose phrases “ye mera aakhiri chunaav hai” (that is my final election) was interpreted by the Opposition as an admission of impending defeat and a ploy to ring a bell with an indignant voters.

However, JD(U) leaders had later got here out with a clarification that “aakhiri chunaav” meant “aakhiri chunaavi sabha” (final election assembly) and Kumar was not speaking about retirement.

The 69-year-old chief minister, who has been in energy since 2005, appeared sad over projections of a powerful anti-incumbency through the elections and predictions of a rout of the ruling dispensation.

“I have been selflessly serving people. Still, some people succeeded in creating some confusion. You must have noted the anxieties triggered in public mind following the projections of the exit polls,” Kumar stated.

Most exit polls had predicted a snug victory for the RJD-led Grand Alliance which had led to fears, amongst these not sympathetic to Lalu Prasad’s get together, that its return to energy might result in lawlessness.

“Jungle raj”, alluding to the alleged lawlessness that prevailed through the 15 years Prasad and his spouse Rabri Devi had dominated the state, got here to be the recurring theme of the NDA’s ballot marketing campaign.

Lending weight to the narrative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s being credited for the BJP’s stellar efficiency, had repeatedly warned the folks of the state in opposition to guarantees made by Prasad’s inheritor obvious Tejashwi Yadav, whom he by no means talked about by title however all the time known as “jungle raj ke yuvraj“.

Yadav was additionally the chief ministerial candidate of the RJD-led Grand Alliance.

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