Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday sought to make clear his latest “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, but it surely was “misunderstood” this time.
The JD(U) president was speaking to journalists right here for the primary time after outcomes for the meeting elections got here out and the NDA received a transparent majority, although his personal get together suffered a hunch and received outperformed by junior accomplice BJP. The JD(U) received 43 seats towards 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 ant bhala to sab bhala (all is effectively that ends effectively),” mentioned Kumar when requested about his closing remarks at an election assembly he addressed in Purnea district final week, shortly earlier than campaigning for the ultimate section of polls got here to an finish.
“Hearken to what I mentioned earlier than and after it and you’ll perceive the context. Had you carried out so, you wouldn’t have misunderstood it,” mentioned 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 offended voters.
Nonetheless, 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 in the course of the elections and predictions of a rout of the ruling dispensation.
“I’ve been selflessly serving individuals. Nonetheless, some individuals succeeded in creating some confusion. You have to have famous the anxieties triggered in public thoughts following the projections of the exit polls,” Kumar mentioned.
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 may result in lawlessness.
“Jungle raj”, alluding to the alleged lawlessness that prevailed in the course of 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 individuals of the state towards guarantees made by Prasad’s inheritor obvious Tejashwi Yadav, whom he by no means talked about by title however at all times known as “jungle raj ke yuvraj”.
Yadav was additionally the chief ministerial candidate of the RJD-led Grand Alliance.