In an indication that Nitish Kumar will continue as the face of NDA in the 2020 Bihar Assembly Elections, Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday said that the Bihar Chief Minister will be the ‘captain’ for next year polls. “Nitish Kumar is captain of NDA in Bihar & will remain its Captain in next assembly elections in 2020 also. When Captain is hitting 4 & 6 & defeating rivals by innings where is the Q (question) of any change," he tweeted.
Deputy Chief Minister’s tweet holds significance as it comes two days after senior BJP leader Sanjay Paswan called for a change in the NDA leadership in Bihar.
@NitishKumar is the Captain of NDA in Bihar & will remain its Captain in next assembly elections in 2020 also.When Captain is hitting 4 & 6 & defeating rivals by inning where is the Q of any change.— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) September 11, 2019
"Even as his tenure witnessed lots of development in Bihar and also improved the law and order situation, he should now vacate the chair for a 'second-line leader' of BJP or JD-U and take an active role in the Centre's politics," the BJP MLC had said on September 9.
He got backing from another BJP leader former Union Minister CP Thakur said that BJP now deserves the top post in Bihar. However, JDU reacted strongly saying Nitish will remain CM after 2020 also.
Earlier, a couple of posters supporting Nitish Kumar for the post of CM for 2020 Assembly polls appeared in the city.
The posters with the message ‘Kyon karen vichar, theeke to hai Nitish Kumar’ (why think of anyone else when Nitish Kumar is just fine for us) and a large picture of the smiling Bihar chief minister were put up outside the JDU state headquarters.
“It is a sentiment expressed by the common people of Bihar and not just JDU. The opposition is forewarned that there is no vacancy for the chief minister’s post in 2020,” party spokesman Sanjay Singh asserted.