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Nitish Kumar Was MIA When Migrants Walked Home: Tejashwi Yadav At Rally

Nitish Kumar Was MIA When Migrants Walked Home: Tejashwi Yadav At Rally

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav hit out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at an election rally in Bihar's Hisua today, criticising JDU boss for "staying put at home" because of the coronavirus threat and only coming out now to ask for votes.

"Nitish Kumar stayed inside the CM house for 144 days. But now he is out of his house. Why? Tab bhi corona tha, ab bhi corona hai. But now he wants your vote, so he has to step out," Mr Yadav declared.

Tejashwi Yadav, who is challenging Nitish Kumar's re-election bid in Assembly polls that start next week, also repeated the "double engine" attack he mounted ason the ruling BJP-JDU government, asking supporters if "anything happens in Bihar without a bribe?"

"Did Nitish Kumar give you jobs in 15 years... did he eradicate poverty?" Mr Yadav also asked.

Unemployment has become a major issue in Bihar ahead of state elections, particularly after Mr Yadav's promise of 10 lakh government jobs. The promise provoked a series of irritable responses from Nitish Kumar, for whom Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding three rallies today.