Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Sub­hash Pathak sub­hash.pathak@hin­dus­tan­

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.

In­dia’s fail­ure in the Test se­ries against Eng­land has cast a shadow on Dhoni’s cap­taincy.

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