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Litmus test in Bihar: Can PM Modi rescue the election for Nitish Kumar?

From being a 'sure thing' to a test, the Bihar assembly election seems to have transformed and the BJP-JDU combine are now banking on PM Modi's popularity to reach home

Nitish Kumar, Narendra Modi
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election meeting, ahead of Bihar Assembly elections, at Biada Maida in Sasaram on Friday.

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Given the prevailing “Nitish fatigue”, it seems that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – Janata Dal (United) alliance is counting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rescue the Bihar election. The attempt is to divert attention from the 15-year incumbency being faced by the Nitish Kumar regime and convert the election into Modi vs. the rest.

His initial election rallies indicate that Prime Minister Modi is pressing forward with the theme of hyper-nationalism.  He began his rallies by invoking the “brave sons of Bihar”, those from the 16 Bihar Regiment who lost their lives in the India-China skirmish in the
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First Published: Oct 26 2020 | 8:12 AM IST

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