Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, refraining from directly mentioning Tejashwi Yadav, referred to him as a "child" lacking knowledge about the state. In his first interaction with the media after departing from the INDIA bloc, Nitish Kumar criticized RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and the Rabri Devi government.
Highlighting the transformation in Bihar since 2005, Kumar asserted, "There was nothing in Bihar. No roads were available before 2005, and people used to walk to their destinations. People were not stepping out in the evening due to crime. I have undertaken development work after coming to power in 2005. Today, you are traveling on roads, you are seeing buildings. Who did it? It is I. Tejashwi was a child who did not know anything."
Addressing the claims made by Tejashwi Yadav regarding teacher recruitments in the Mahagathbandhan government, Nitish Kumar dismissed them as "absolutely rubbish." He attributed the job initiatives to his vision under the "Saat Nischay Part 2 program."
Responding to Rahul Gandhi's assertion that he compelled Kumar to conduct a caste-based survey in Bihar, the Chief Minister refuted the claim, stating, "This is an absolutely false claim. He is taking credit for the caste-based survey. We were planning for the caste-based survey since 2019-20. We held an all-party meeting and then went to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet him on this issue."
Regarding the ongoing action against the Lalu Prasad Yadav family, Nitish Kumar commented, "This is an old case, and the questioning is taking place here. I am just watching the news. No one informed me about it. It is a matter at the higher level (Centre)."
Explaining his departure from the INDIA bloc, Kumar mentioned suggesting an alternative name for the alliance, which was not accepted. He criticized the alliance's lack of progress and failure to finalize seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha poll. Nitish Kumar emphasized that his sole goal now is to focus on developing the state.
(With Agency Inputs)