Senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has been appointed as Bihar Election in-charge in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections that are expected to happen in a couple of months.
However, it has not yet been announced officially. It is said that names will be announced within a few days.
According to the sources, Fadnavis has been brought in to guide the way for the BJP in Bihar, along with state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, after the way ongoing spat between the Maharashtra and Bihar police in late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case.
This will be the first major responsibility on the national stage for Devendra Fadnavis, who served as chief minister of Maharashtra between 2014 and 2019. His second attempt to lead the state in 2019 lasted only three days before he was compelled to resign.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has rejected the demand of the political parties in Bihar to postpone the Assembly elections in the state. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora reiterated on Monday that elections in Bihar will be held on time and that the poll panel is making preparations keeping in view the COVID-19 situation.
The political parties in Bihar, including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), had urged the poll panel to postpone the elections in the state. The LJP had written a letter to the Election Commission saying it is not advisable to put lives of lakhs of people at risk by holding elections at this time.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is seeking a fourth straight electoral victory in the upcoming polls. He is challenged by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, the son of Nitish Kumar’s arch rival Lalu Prasad.