Nitish Kumar of Bihar is currently on a tour to assess development work across his state, which began on January 5 from West Champaran and has reached Madhubani via seven districts. While meeting with officials and meeting select party members during his journey, he is not directly engaging with members of the public through public meetings or interactions along the way – leading opposition parties to criticize him and his ruling party for doing so.
Officers Are Responsible for Making the Chief Minister Appear Good
Sivananda Tiwari, a veteran leader from Nitish Kumar’s RJD ally party, was particularly critical of Nitish Kumar’s tour, saying common people cannot share their concerns directly with him during it. Speaking to local media outlets he explained: ‘Officials make the Chief Minister look good but what really counts is when you meet people directly’ and added: “Nitish Kumar should visit places where good work has already been accomplished rather than areas in need of immediate attention”.
Other Criticisms of the Journey
Tiwari isn’t the only person questioning Nitish Kumar’s travel plans; Jitan Ram Manjhi from Nitish’s government also expressed concerns over Nitish Kumar’s journey, suggesting that instead of meeting officials he should prioritize listening to citizens. Meanwhile, opposition party BJP also took aim at Nitish, suggesting it as part of his farewell tour since they will soon no longer hold power in Bihar.