Terming the landslide victory of the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar under his leadership as historic, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday set the agenda for his government for the next five years.
Addressing a press conference at his residence on Wednesday shortly after the news of his victory came in, Kumar also put on record his views on every issue that had been bothering him so far.
Kumar began by saying: "It's again going to be about good governance. Governance covers everything. Generation of employment is a priority."
But he quickly veered to his archrivals Lalu Prasad of the RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan of the LJP. His answer to all that the opposition said about him during the campaign: "It is unfortunate that these people did not see the writing on the wall."
He did not let off his detractors within the party either. "They humiliated me. Jiske liya karte hain, woh ulat kar chantaa marta hai (they received favours from me, but did not stop from slapping me). But that has no meaning now."
Kumar thanked Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, whom he had stopped from campaigning in Bihar fearing its effect on the Muslim voter, for congratulating him. "Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has congratulated me."
But he sought to tone down his reactions, lest it be taken as a victor's arrogance. "I'm not arrogant. Returning to power will not make me intoxicated."
On alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party that had posted an even higher growth rate than Kumar's JD-U in this election, Kumar said, "Ours is an old alliance. We will stand together and work in tandem."
Asked pointedly if he had any ambition of becoming Prime Minister, Kumar said, "The mandate is for Bihar. I want to use this opportunity to take the state up to the developed category."
Because, he said, "Vikas (development) has won. This makes it clear that the people of Bihar want to see the state continue its forward march." The number game