Nitish sounds the bugle; says Lalu, Paswan sticking to "old syllabus"

Bihar's political grammar has changed, insists the incumbent chief minister, Nitish Kumar


Ajay Singh | August 18, 2010

Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan may have entered into a threatening pre-poll alliance, but incumbent Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is not worried. Nitish says Lalu and Paswan are doing politics that is outdated and out of sync with the new Bihar that has emerged in the last five years.

As the countdown begins for the critical assembly elections, Nitish Kumar has cautioned his rivals that the days of divisive politics are well near over. In an exclusive interview with Governance Now magazine, the chief minister has said that while the grammar of Bihar’s politics has changed Lalu and Paswan have failed to stay in step with the changing times. “In the past five years, the whole grammar (of Bihar’s politics) has changed but leaders like Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan are clinging to the old syllabus,” the chief minister told Ajay Singh, the managing editor of the magazine.

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