Kumar Anshuman on a range of issues, including BJP-JDU ties, anti-incumbency, and the Chirag Paswan factor. Excerpts:
In several states, BJP has gone solo and performed well since 2014. Do you see this model being replicated in Bihar?
The alliance with JDU is not political, but a social coalition. It is a very successful experiment and win-win formula for both BJP and JDU. Nitish Kumar’s vision has an important role to play in taking Bihar to new heights. I believe under the leadership of PM (Narendra) Modi and CM Nitish Kumar, Bihar has achieved a lot and a lot more is still to be done.
In 2010, BJP got 91 seats when you were its Bihar in-charge. In 2015, it came down to 53 seats. How do you see the party’s growth prospects here?
Both as a party and as government, the BJP has improved its capacity and credibility. The credibility of the NDA is at its peak. We believe that people will repose their faith in us.
From a one-sided battle, has it become an open game for both the alliances?
People have more expectations from us. We are confident of winning the elections and will fulfil their expectations. Every battle is tough. There is no one-sided election. We always take every election seriously.
Is Chirag Paswan acting as a spoiler?
There is no confusion at all. BJP, JDU, HAM and VIP are NDA and Nitish Kumar is our leader.
Are the packed rallies of Tejashwi Yadav a cause of worry for the NDA?
A large crowd cannot be the parameter for winning or losing. People have a lot of faith in PM Modi and CM Kumar. There are expectations, and people know only we can fulfil their expectations.