Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, talking to reporters following his weekly 'Lok Samvad' at his residence on Monday, said that he was confident Narendra Modi would be re-elected as the Prime Minister of India for a second term though it was up to the voters who had the ultimate power to choose a leader.
"Everything I am seeing indicates Shri Modi would once again be elected the Prime Minister of India but that is just my view. Ultimately it is up to the voters to decide whether Mr. Modi deserves a second term or not," he said.
Referring to the recent loss of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in three Hindi-speaking states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, Kumar said that it was foolish to think that just because the BJP lost elections in those three states, it would also lose in the Lok Sabha elections.
"One has to look deeper into the numbers of those three states. Though the BJP lost in MP, it still managed to get 0.1% more seats than the Congress. In Rajasthan, it barely lost by getting 0.4% less votes than the Congress. These are not a mandate for the winner and Lok Sabha results could be very different from the state election results," he said.
Kumar also took shots at the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Mahagathbandhan in Bihar.
"Those who are counting on caste equation to win votes are simply wasting their time. The voters of Bihar know what is good for them and they will vote to only those who have a track record in terms of development. Mahagathbandhan has no future; it is welcoming even those who have no relevance in Bihar politics. Anyone they meet on the road, they invite them to join the Grand Alliance. This is not how a true coalition works. Initially I used to think that RJD had something special about it and whatever deficiency it had, it was compensated by the arrival of Congress in the alliance. However, I soon realized that they have got nothing. It is no wonder that they want everyone in the alliance who is even slightly opposed to the NDA but this strategy is bound to fail. People of Bihar have trust in the NDA and they will once again send it to power with a large majority," the Chief Minister said.