Expressing “complete trust” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan on Monday said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has not been able to fulfil expectations of people of Bihar and said the spirit of “double engine ki sarkar” should be followed correctly to implement the vision on the ground.

Chirag Paswan told ANI that he had complete trust in PM Narendra Modi, the spirit with which the Prime Minister mentioned ‘double-engine ki sarkar’ (double-engine government), if it was followed correctly, then his vision could be implemented on the ground.

Chirag Paswan also said LJP will not form an alliance with the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) after the Bihar elections. He told ANI that they had never done a post-poll alliance, they had always been into the pre-poll alliance. He said the benefits of development schemes have not reached the grassroots under Nitish Kumar.

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Chirag Paswan said that they had many expectations from the present Bihar CM, but he hasn’t fared well on those counts. He said that on this day, it’s a matter of concern for him what was the Bihar CM’s idea of development. He said that the benefits of schemes haven’t reached the grassroots.

Asked if he is taking a political risk by not being part of NDA in Bihar, the LJP leader said “we have spent many years in our comfort zone” and someone has to take the risk in order to bring Bihar on the top.

He said that if he had to choose an easier path, he would have joined the ‘gathbandhan’, but he chose the difficult path to give Bihar its due and bring back the state’s lost pride.

On being asked if he will gather votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the younger Paswan said “Nobody has to ask for votes in his name. I believe in him.” He further said that he is not upset with any particular person but he has always been worried about the state.

“The way developmental work should take place in Bihar, people go out of Bihar in search of jobs. This system has been continuing for so many years. We had many expectations from the Chief Minister but if you see his tenure from 2005 to 2020, he did not fulfil the expectations during this period,” Chirag Paswan said.

“I have been working on the Bihar First, Bihari First document, which has been prepared by LJP. I have prepared this after getting inspired by PM Modi. I have always insisted that this vision document should be incorporated (in the plan of governance). Why don’t we get opportunities within our state itself? People have to go out for studies and jobs. I came to politics with this vision,” he added.

The LJP on Sunday decided not to contest the Bihar assembly elections with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the leader of the coalition. The LJP will not contest which are being contested by the BJP but will fight from those being contested by JD-U.

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