Former deputy chief minister of Bihar and Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi has attacked chief minister Nitish Kumar amid reports that the latter could run for the Phulpur seat in Uttar Pradesh in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, alleging that he wouldn’t be able to spare his election guarantee if his defeat is guaranteed
Sushil Modi’s comments came a day after the head of the Samajwadi party, Akhilesh Yadav, offered Kumar a seat in UP’s Phulpur’s Lok Sabha, ANI news agency reported.
“Akhilesh Yadav wants Nitish ji to visit Uttar Pradesh and lose his election guarantee.” Everyone knows that Akhilesh Yadav has no candidate in his own state. In the last Lok Sabha elections, he formed an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which eventually fell apart, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won with 62 seats,” Sushil Kumar told ANI.
“If Nitish Kumar fails to save a deposit in Phulpur, he must return to Bihar as a candidate who lost his deposit in the election.” “I challenge Nitish Kumar not to make a deposit in the elections and leave Phulpur and go to office somewhere in Uttar Pradesh,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which is in alliance with the Janata Dal United JD(U), has welcomed the idea that Nitish would contest the Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh.
Nitish Kumar can run for the Lok Sabha elections from any seat in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or Jharkhand, said RJD spokesman Shakti Singh Yadav. Nitish Kumar has also received support from Akhilesh Yadav. All political parties with similar ideologies support the efforts by Nitish Kumar to unite the opposition.”
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Sushil Modi further claimed that Nitish Kumar is now unable to deal with the situation in Bihar. “The situation is out of his hands; the crime cannot be stopped because Nitish Kumar is not concerned about becoming the prime minister of Bihar. What does this incidence suggest? In Bihar, such incidents happen on a daily basis”.
Earlier, JD(U) National President Lalan Singh said it was not only Phulpur from which Nitish had been offered to run in the election, but also Ambedkarnagar and Mirzapur.
“There is nothing for acceptance or denial. The decision as to whether Nitish Kumar will run for office in the Lok Sabha will be made at the appropriate time, although he has been given the opportunity to flee from both Ambedkar Nagar and Mirzapur. urge him to participate in the elections from Uttar Pradesh as a result of his efforts to bring opposition parties together,” said Lalan Singh.
Phulpur in Allahabad is about 100 km from Varanasi, the Lok Sabha seat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and if Nitish Kumar decides to run from this seat, political dynamics in Uttar Pradesh could change in the 2024 elections.
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