‘Jungle raj of the 1990s’: Prashant Kishor’s dig at Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, has claimed that he has improved the state’s roads, but the “Jan Suraaj” campaign convenor Prashant Kishor on Thursday tried to refute such claims.

Kishor uploaded a photo of a national highway travelling through the Madhubani district on his Twitter account, saying it reminded him of the “forest raj of the 1990s.” Kishor is now visiting the state in preparation for his full-time political debut.

Kishor tweeted with little disguised sarcasm, “Nitish ji had lately advised officials of the road-building department that they must notify the people about the condition of roads in the state.”

Lalu Prasad and his wife’s RJD, who governed Bihar for 15 years until being ousted by Kumar’s NDA in 2005, were referred to as the “jungle raj of the 1990s” in this phrase. The two main grounds on which the RJD was criticized were lawlessness and the appalling condition of the roads.

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Kishor, who assisted the Lalu-Nitish coalition in winning the 2015 assembly elections and officially joined the JD(U), which Kumar then led, a few years later as his deputy, now believes that the two leaders have let the state down.

Kishor has promised to implement transformative, bottom-up politics in his home state after giving up his job, which allowed him to mingle with the political elite of India.

The Union Ministry for Road Transport and Highways responded to a newspaper article that the IPAC founder posted, despite the state’s governing administration not responding to Kishor’s tweet.

“The NHAI will carry out the work on NH described in the article. The State Government has not yet turned over the road, however. In two weeks, work will start on the previous project “Tweets from the ministry. In any case, Kishor gained notoriety for his role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wildly successful election campaign in 2014, during which the then-Chief Minister of Gujarat led the BJP to a resounding majority in the Lok Sabha.