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Nitish, captain of NDA in Bihar, hitting fours and sixes: Dy CM

PTI

Patna

As the “captain” of the NDA in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is hitting fours and sixes and inflicting defeat on rivals, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi said on Wednesday, in an obvious rebuff to a BJP leader, who had advocated a change of guard after the next assembly polls.

The remark by Modi, one of the senior-most leaders of the BJP in Bihar, comes in the wake of a “personal opinion” expressed by party MLC Sanjay Paswan a couple of days ago that Kumar should move to the Centre instead of running for the fourth consecutive term.

“@Nitish Kumar is the captain of NDA in Bihar and will remain its captain in next assembly elections in 2020 also. When captain is hitting fours and sixes and defeating rivals by innings where is the question of change,” the Deputy Chief Minister said on
Twitter.

Paswan had named Modi, besides state BJP president and Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai as potential chief ministerial candidates.

The MLC’s remark evoked angry outbursts from leaders of the JD(U), headed by Kumar, who urged the BJP high command to rein in people like Paswan who, in their view, was exceeding his brief.

Notably, Modi – in a rare gesture – had said in July on the floor of assembly that the NDA would contest the polls next year under the leadership of Kumar, rubbishing speculations that the BJP might insist on having an upper hand after achieving unprecedented nationwide dominance.

The state unit of the saffron party had earlier distanced itself from the views expressed by Paswan, who had served as a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

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