In Twitter interaction with Firstpost, Nitish had predicted landslide victory for grand alliance in Bihar polls

As the third phase of the Bihar Assembly polls 2015 came to an end on Wednesday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in a Twitter interaction with Firstpost, said that he was confident that the Mahagathbandhan would have a 'landslide victory' in the elections.

He said that the people of Bihar would elect him as Chief Minister again "based on the work I have done so far which they have witnessed, and on the basis of the priorities that I have outlined for the next 5 years".

Nitish Kumar also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP, alleging that they were trying to communalise the Bihar polls. He also brought up the beef issue and said that BJP was trying to "import" the beef issue to Bihar to communalise the state polls.

Firstpost also asked the Bihar Chief Minister whether he thought that there was communal polarisation after the beef controversy. He, however, said that the beef controversy was never an issue in Bihar, although the BJP did try to make it one.

On being asked whether he thought the BJP had shifted its focus from development to issues of caste and communalism, Nitish Kumar said that BJP's attempts to communalise the Bihar polls were now obvious to all.

The Bihar CM further said that they had "lowered the standard of the debate" by using indecent language. He said that even PM Modi "used language that is not in keeping with the dignity of the office he holds."

Giving his views on the impression that the youth in Bihar seemed to favour Modi, Nitish said that this was just an impression created by some people.

Nitish Kumar also did not shy away from answering difficult questions, including questions on his alliance with former bitter rival and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

He was also asked whether there was a chance of 'jungle raj' in Bihar if JD(U) got lesser number of seats than RJD.

Nitish Kumar faced criticism from some corners after the BJP released a video of him visiting a tantric to seek his blessings for the Bihar polls. Firstpost asked Nitish Kumar what he would tell the tantric if he saw him again.

Nitish even responded to a Twitter user who complained that his father, a government employee, hadn't got his salary from 2008 and the government had not addressed this problem.

He also said that there was no anti-Narendra Modi campaign when he was asked whether Sushil Modi was a partner with him in the anti-Modi campaign.

On being asked about whether women voters had stood by him, Nitish Kumar said that he believed in their "overwhelming support for me and the Mahagathbandhan".

The Bihar CM also spoke about the poem he had recited on Monday at a Patna presser in which he had mocked PM Modi.

He also answered a question on his plan for Bihar's industrial development if the state did not get special status.

Perhaps Nitish Kumar's most witty response was his answer to the last question.

The voting for the 243-seat Bihar Assembly polls will conclude on 5 November and the counting of votes will take place on 8 November.

Updated Date: Nov 08, 2015 13:47:33 IST