He said that after 10 years in power, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had 'lost his USP' for which he was known. "People are listening to him but they do not respond. There is no fire now in Nitish for which he was known," Rudy, the Minister of State for Skill development and Entrepreneurship (independent charge), told reporters. But he agreed that RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had been successful in keeping intact his support base in Bihar.

"Nitish Kumar is trying to make 'Bihari pride' an issue but the very fact is that the day when he decided to shake hands with Lalu Yadav, his 'Bihari pride' had come to an end, " he added. Rudy, who hails from Bihar, said Nitish's Bihari pride at one time was based on opposing Yadav but he ultimately shook hands with Yadav.

Rudy, who is also the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and was a key strategist for the BJP in the Maharashtra Assembly polls, claimed that Lalu Yadav's supporters would never accept Nitish as their leader.

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