Chirag Paswan, broadly billed because the x-factor within the Bihar election, did not reside as much as his claims and managed simply one of many state’s 243 seats however he calls it a win saying he “achieved” what he got down to do.
The Lok Janshakti Celebration (LJP) stated at present that he needed the BJP to emerge stronger from the election and was blissful along with his occasion’s affect.
“Like all events, I too wish to win as many seats as potential, however my goal for these elections was to make sure that the BJP emerges a robust occasion within the state and we’re pleased with the affect we’ve had,” Chirag Paswan instructed reporters this morning.
When he launched his solo marketing campaign for Bihar, the 37-year-old actor-turned-politician had stated that his solely agenda in contesting individually from the Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA) was to defeat Nitish Kumar so his personal occasion might kind a authorities with the BJP.
The LJP put up candidates towards Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) and is assessed to have minimize into its votes throughout the board.
Even the BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister to Nitish Kumar, admitted that JDU presumably misplaced 20 seats due to the Paswan issue. All in all, Chirag Paswan could have price the NDA almost 40 seats.
Nitish Kumar’s occasion ended up with 43 seats, an enormous drop from 71 in 2015. However the BJP upped its tally from 53 to 74 to emerge because the senior accomplice, which added extra heft to hypothesis that it allowed Chirag Paswan to perform as a disruptor for Nitish Kumar.
Accordingly, Mr Paswan at present shifted his goalpost.
Requested about his occasion’s flop flip, he stated: “What’s the definition of defeat? The occasion has elevated its vote share.”
The JDU is smarting from the blow and one in every of its senior leaders hinted that the occasion is upset with ally BJP. “Chirag Paswan ought to have been denounced and managed from the beginning,” stated JDU spokesperson KC Tyagi on Tuesday in one in every of his early interviews wherein he had conceded defeat prematurely based mostly on grim outcomes for his occasion.
Mr Paswan had stated final month that he had discussions with the BJP management, particularly Amit Shah and JP Nadda, earlier than saying that he would subject candidates towards Nitish Kumar’s occasion. “It isn’t that I sat throughout the desk from Amit Shah and was breaking the information to him. I met him as soon as and instructed him it will not be potential for him to include me in seat sharing, however wouldn’t it be potential for him to incorporate my agenda of Bihar First, Bihari First, in NDA agenda. I stated if not, enable me to place up my candidates towards JDU. He did not say something on it… He was quiet, was listening to it,” Mr Paswan instructed NDTV.