BIHAR: Opposition rattled by development push by NDA, says PM; Rahul asks PM why PLA in Ladakh


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PATNA/NEW DELHI:  Kick-starting his first set of election rallies for the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar assembly polls,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed moderate crowds in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagapur districts on Friday, and said those who have a history of making Bihar “bimaru” will not be allowed to return to power. 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too made waves in Bihar on Friday, addressing poll rallies and blamed the PM for not driving out the Chinese from usurped Indian territories.

Stated Modi at the election rally in Sasaram, “The people who once ruled Bihar are again looking for power with their greedy eyes. But, Bihar must not forget, who pushed them backward. That was the time when there was a worsening of the law and order situation and massive corruption in the state.”

Bimaru is the acronym for Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in reference to these states’ poor economic conditions. “Bharat’s heart is Bihar. Bharat’s respect, pride is Bihar, Bharat’s culture is Bihar. Bihar gave the call for Independence, it gave the call for ‘Sampoorna Kranti”, (total revolution led by Jayaprakash Narayan). Atamanirhbar Bharat’s flagship is Bihar. Whether it is for security or development, the people of Bihar always stay in the front,” the Prime Minister said in Bhojpur, the local language of Bihar. 

“The NDA government abrogated Article 370. These people (opposition) say they will bring it back if they come to power. After saying this, they dare to ask for votes from Bihar. Is this not an insult to Bihar? Bihar is a prominent state that sends its sons and daughters to the borders to protect the country,” the PM said.

The Prime Minister hailed the Nitish Kumar government’s fight against the coronavirus. He congratulated the people of the state for coping with the pandemic. “The condition of the world’s richest countries is not hidden from anyone. Had Bihar not acted in time against the coronavirus disease, we don’t know how many people would have been killed, how big an outcry it would have become,” Modi said.

Attacking the Opposition on protesting against the farm bills, Modi said “MSP and Mandi are just excuses and the Opposition only wants to promote the interests of the middlemen who have been banished from the scene. 

Paying respects to the brave soldiers from Bihar who were martyred in the Galwan valley clashes with the Chinese troops and earlier in Pulwama, Modi said: “Sons of Bihar lost their lives in Galwan Valley for keeping the Tricolour flying high and ensured Bharat Mata’s head is held high.”

 “Jawans of Bihar were also martyred in the Pulwama attack. I bow my head and pay the nation’s respects to their families,” he said.

GAYA: In his second election rally at Gaya, the Prime Minister said law and order was poor in Bihar from the 1990s till 2005 (when Lalu Prasad’s RJD ruled the state), and the state’s present-day problems stemmed from those days. He appealed to the voters to shun ‘lantern’, the election symbol of the RJD, since electricity has reached every poor household in the state.

The Prime Minister brought up the issues of the bad condition of roads in those days and alleged sheer lawlessness and said people were afraid of buying new cars for ‘fear of a particular party getting wind’ of it and grabbing the vehicles.

BHAGALPUR: In his third election address at Bhagalpur, Modi said the people of Bihar have decided to get the NDA back to power under Nitish Kumar. “People of Bihar know that it is important to make Nitish Kumar the chief minister again for faster development. The parties who are today standing against the NDA are against the growth of the country,” the PM said.

Welcoming the PM to Sasaram, chief minister Nitish Kumar thanked Modi for the assistance provided to the state during the coronavirus epidemic. 

POLL SCHEDULE: Assembly elections to the 243-member House will take place on October 28 for 71 seats, November 3 for 94 seats and November 7 for 78 seats. The counting of votes is slated for November 10 and instant results are expected.

The Janata Dal (United) and the BJP are contesting 115 and 110 seats respectively with two allies Hindustan Awam Morcha (Secular) of former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi and Vikassheel Insaan Party of former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahani.


Addressing his first election rally for the Bihar Assembly elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Friday accused Prime Minister Modi of having “insulted” the Army by “lying” about the Chinese intrusions. 

Stated Rahul in his speech, “In Ladakh the youth from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and other states protect India’s land at the border, shedding their blood and sweat. The question is when China killed 20 of our soldiers and took our land, when China has come 1200km inside our territory… the question is why did our Prime Minister insult our brave-hearts by saying no one has entered India territory … .that is the question,” Rahul Gandhi said while addressing a joint rally got up by the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, whose chief Tejashwi Yadav is the Grand Alliance’s chief ministerial face. 

This was the first such joint rally by the Grand Alliance leaders in Bihar which goes to a three-phase polls starting from October 28. 

At the rally, Tejashwi attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the promises he made and failed to fulfill. “Did he give you jobs? Did he set up factories? did he eradicate poverty? Did he give you water for irrigation? Nitish said Bihar is a landlocked state so factories

can’t be set up. Didn’t Lalu Prasad Yadav set up factories and what about states like Punjab and Haryana? The fact is, Nitishji, you are tired and you cannot handle Bihar anymore,” the RJD leader thundered to an eruption of applauses from the large crowd of youths at the rally

The RJD-led Mahagathbandan is contesting 144 of the 243 assembly seats. Congress will fight in 70 while 29 seats have been given to the three Left allies – the CPI ML 19, CPI 6 and CPM 4. 

Notably, moments after the Grand Alliance announced its seat-sharing arrangement, the Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahani’s Vikassheel Insaan Party walked out unhappy with the formula. –IHN-NN

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