The leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, on Wednesday dared Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, to face him in any seat in the latter’s home-turf of Nalanda district.
He threw this open challenge to the chief minister before filing his nomination papers from Raghopur Assembly seat in Vaishali disrict. He would be contesting from this seat for the second time. Earlier, his parents have also represented it in the Bihar Assembly. Tejashwi’s bold statement emanates from his growing confidence.
Though it is not clear whether Nitish is going to accept this challenge or not, sources said that he may not contest the Assembly election. Both Nitish and his deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi are the members of the Bihar Legislative Council.
So Nitish is, if sources are to be believed, not going to pick up the gauntlet. Analysts are of the view that the RJD rank and file are gradually becoming aggressive. In contrast the Janata Dal United and BJP, which had earlier advantage, are finding the sailing not so smooth.
The development within the NDA, especially the parting of ways by the Lok Janshakti Party, have pushed the NDA on the backfoot. This has certainly dampened the spirit of the NDA workers.