LARGE TURNOUT MAKES GUJARAT RESULT DIFFICULT TO PREDICT: NITISH
PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar ascribed the large turnout in Gujarat elections to a new buoyancy in democracy.
To a query on the sidelines of his Janata Durbar, Kumar said, “The turnout is a healthy sign for democracy. It only demonstrates the growth in faith of people in democratic norms.”
He, however said, “It is difficult to predict who will benefit from it.” He differed a bit from the BJP that Gujarat chief minister would emerge stronger at the sweepstakes, which if it happens, could pitch him for prime ministerial slot of the NDA.
Kumar said, “There was a time in Bihar when I used to believe that low polling only favoured the ruling dispensation. Larger number of voters make it harder to predict.”
About his recent visit to Kolkata, Kumar said his meeting with Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee could not materialise because of his delayed arrival there.
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