Nitish slams survey reports projecting BJP surge

Miffed at survey reports suggesting that the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) may perform poorly in the general elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday slammed pollsters for projecting the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) impressive performance at hustings, saying it amounted to nullifying the election process itself.

“If that’s what is going to be the outcome (BJP-led NDA’s imminent victory), then what is the need for holding elections,” he said at the JD-U’s 12th and final “Sankalp rally” at Deedarganj on the outskirts of the state capital. “Modi should go ahead and take oath as the prime minister straightaway if he and the BJP think that they have won the general elections on the basis of the survey reports,” the chief minister said.

Kumar lashed out at pollsters for suggesting that his government in Bihar was popular even today to the extent that 68 per cent people have reposed faith in it, but yet they will vote for the BJP-led alliance in the general elections.

“How come it’s possible that the people surveyed by the pollsters are happy with this government’s performance and yet they desire to vote for another alliance at hustings? The assessment is an outright contradiction,” he said.

Kumar also expressed unhappiness with the local media for giving inadequate converge to him and activities of his party of late and said that the JD-U’s 11 Sankalp rallies held so far had not been reported adequately. “I ask you (local media) if I or my government are not visible in Bihar then, who else is?” he said.

At the state capital, which is known to be the political fort of his erstwhile ally, the chief minister sought to turn the table on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its “betrayal” allegation following JD-U parting ways with it last year after 17 years of association to protest Gujarat Chief Minister's elevation as the face of the party for general elections.
"Let me say it once and for all that it was not me who betrayed the BJP, but I was betrayed by the then ally and its leadership," Kumar said.

"I was assured by top BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari on the issue of Modi’s elevation after I had expressed my reservations about this development," he said, adding that once the BJP leadership failed to keep their words, he was left with no option but to part ways.

He said that he was steadfast in opposing the rise of a “controversial and divisive” person (Modi) as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

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