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After Nitish Kumar silences his critics, a poster in Patna speaks louder than words | India News

PATNA: Ahead of Sunday’s swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister for a third consecutive term, a huge poster of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has surfaced in the Bihar capital, grabbing everyone’s attention. The poster, with a photo of Nitish and bearing the phrase “Tiger Zinda Hai” – the title of a 2017 Salman Khan-starrer – has been put up at a vantage point near the planetarium, making heads turn.
Its significance is not lost on the public.Critics had almost begun writing his political epitaph in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections owing to his frequent flip-flops.
At one point of time, Nitish was seen holding BJP’s party symbol – lotus – during Modi’s roadshow in Patna on May 12 amid speculation that he could hand over the reins to his saffron partner.
But silencing his critics, Nitish emerged as a “kingmaker” with JD(U) becoming the third-largest party in the NDA. The poster conveys this.
“If anything, the poster seems to be saying that Nitish still decides political discourse in the country. This is a message to those who predicted political disaster for JD(U) in the polls,” party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said. “The fact is that whether you hate him or love him, you cannot ignore Nitish Kumar,” he added.
BJP reacted cautiously to the banner. “Nitish-ji is very much active in politics. He is CM of Bihar and his party has 12 Lok Sabha members. He doesn’t need a certificate from anyone,” spokesperson Manoj Sharma said, adding some overenthusiastic supporters might have put up the banner.
Such has been the impact of JD(U) in the polls that ally BJP has formally announced it will fight the next assembly polls in Bihar under Nitish’s leadership. Prior to the poll outcome, his “retirement plan” was being talked about in political circles. JD(U) and BJP contested elections on 16 and 17 seats, respectively.

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