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My friend Aishwarya Raj who is from Bihar was saying to me the other day “I went to Bihar after a long time 2 years back and I must say that place has changed like anything in few years of time and I am so happy that Nitish Kumar is re-elected as the chief minister of Bihar”. Well I strongly support her view. Nitish Kumar and his party JDU swept the recently held Bihar elections. Never before has a single party won with such a huge majority in the state of Bihar. JDU-BJP alliance won 207 seats as compared to RJD winning 25 seats and Congress winning only 4 seats.
Nitish Kumar and his government over the last five years have indeed changed the face of Bihar- arguably the most lagging state despite the potential that it possesses. A solid political pre-election campaign based on strong promises did help Nitish to win back. But, moreover the credit goes to the work, the actual development that the state has seen over the last few years. You can actually see better roads, better infrastructure, new bridges and girls going to school in cycles in Bihar today. A decade back that was unimaginable. Bihar today projects if not an image of the most developed state but definitely one of the fastest progressing states of India. This was indeed a watershed election. But I would rather see it is an election that gives us hope…hope that people are finally voting beyond religion, language and caste agendas. In this election women came out of their homes and cast their votes.
According to Nitish Kumar in the last election he had looked for quantity and in the next five years he and his party would be looking for quality and quantity both. He has someone who doesn’t believe in just shouting slogans. He is quite but very much doing his job. It is clearly visible that Mr. Nitish is working hard to proceed on the path of progress. According to me he is one of the new age politicians that we have with new agendas for the advancement of people in his state. It is time we move beyond ‘jati’ and ‘dharm’. We need more jobs, better medical facilities, and better educational opportunities for the youth. And the Nitish Kumar led government does give us a hope of something constructive in Bihar. And the people of Bihar did pay him back by voting for progress and development breaking the age old ritual of caste and religion based politics.
But the Bihar elections also has thrown some new alarming questions like “Is this the end of role for Lalu?”, “Do we see Nitish Kumar at the centre?” and the biggest question is “What happened to the brand Rahul…what next for Congress in Bihar?” Well, it is a wakeup call for both Rahul and Lalu.
The victory of Nitish Kumar has laid new hopes for the future…it’s time for him to deliver again!!!!!
B.A. (Hons) 1st year, Political Science,
Indraprastha College For Women, DU