Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav (Photo Credit: News Nation)
Being the Chief Minister of Bihar, all limelight of polls has shifted on Nitish Kumar who is hopeful to be elected the Chief Minister of the state for the fourth time. A single word that can elaborate his tenure as the Chief Minister of Bihar is the tag of 'Good Governance'. Bihar voted in his favor back in 2000 for the first time after the media-hyped 'Jungle Raj' became the center-issue in Bihar. What Bihar has achieved in this transition period from 'Jungle Raj' to 'Sushasan Sarkar' may be the subject of debate and discussion, but, this has shifted for sure the attention of Bihar political agenda.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is facing major challenges on several fronts in this assembly poll. Media has reported slogans being raised in support of Tejaswi-led RJD in Chief Minister's rallies which was unthinkable even a few weeks ago. Even, ruling NDA and Chief Minister himself would not have been aware of such a level of anti-incumbency. Bihar election is being fought in between two fronts - NDA and Mahagathbandhan. However, other stakeholders of Bihar election like Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party, Upendra Kushwaha led RLSP, Pappu Yadav led an Adhikar Party along with BSP and AIMIM with negligible influence can not be ignored in the election.
Undoubtedly, the Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar is facing major challenges from former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav who is the CM candidate of Congress and Left party-backed Grand Alliance. However, the poll has turned into all vs one. Other stakeholders of Bihar assembly polls including RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha, Pappu Yadav, and others have started blatantly attacking CM Nitish. CM Nitish Kumar is also facing major challenges from Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party. Chirag Paswan was with Nitish Kumar for the last three years, but, he refused to fight the election with NDA and has taken his own course in the assembly election this year. Chirag Paswan has categorically clarified several times that his agenda is to remove Nitish Kumar from the chief minister post and to form the government with the support of BJP. Another fear factor in this election for Nitish Kumar is Tejashwi Yadav's recent announcement about 10 lakhs government jobs which has become the hot agenda of Bihar in the election. Undoubtedly, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is facing the anti-incumbency in the election which is common in democracy after such a long period of fifteen years. Bihar is witnessing the wave of change this time for sure. However, none of any opponents can refute that some sections of society are unhappy, but, Nitish Kumar is still preferred Chief Minister of Bihar.