Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has predicted a clean sweep for Nitish Kumar’s grand alliance in Bihar as the state votes in a fiercely contested Assembly elections. In an early morning post on microblogging site Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, “According to my information, Modi ji is losing Bihar elections badly. Nitish Ji is winning the polls.”
मेरी जानकारी के मुताबिक़ मोदी जी बिहार चुनाव बुरी तरह से हार रहे हैं। नितीश जी चुनाव जीत रहे हैं।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 16, 2015
Though the Delhi chief minister has not addressed any election rally in Bihar, he has expressed his support to Nitish Kumar, who is seeking a third term in the state. The JD(U) had snapped its alliance with the BJP in the run up to Lok Sabha elections in 2014. The break-up of the alliance was acrimonious.
The second phase of voting is underway. This phase will be a test for Amit Shah’s experiment aiming to transfer the BJP’s loyal upper-caste Rajput and Bhumihar votes to its partners’ OBC and Mahadalit candidates, and vice versa. Of all the phases, the second phase posed the greatest challenge to security personnel as all six districts – Kaimur, Rohtas, Arwal, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya – have been affected by Naxal violence one time or the other.