Bihar Assembly election: RJD’s Tejashwi attracts big crowds, CM Nitish Kumar hits back

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An election pledge by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Tejashwi Yadav to generate a million jobs if elected to energy took centre stage in poll-bound Bihar on Wednesday with chief minister Nitish Kumar saying the supply of the funds for the scheme was not clear.

In rally after rally, Yadav – who can be the lead campaigner for the Opposition Grand Alliance –repeated his promise of producing further jobs if elected to energy and attacked Kumar for a stalled financial system and unemployment — to loud cheers from the crowds.

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“Nitish Kumar is exhausted physically and mentally. Instead of questioning the source of funds, he should answer the people about the scams under his administration,” Yadav mentioned.

Kumar rejected the allegations and reminded people of the rule of “husband and wife” – a reference to Yadav’s father Lalu Prasad and mom Rabri Devi, who had been in energy from 1990 to 2005. “Crime was at its peak and massacres were rampant 15 year ago.”

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders — whereas acknowledging the massive numbers at Yadav’s rallies — mentioned numbers in a rally may not translate to votes.

“People are flocking in to see him as they used to during Lalu Prasad’s rally …whether this crowd translates into vote remains to be seen. There is no comparison between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Definitely there will be huge crowd as people admire the PM,” mentioned Prem Ranjan Patel, BJP spokesperson.

On Wednesday, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh hit the campaign path whilst Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan addressed his first rally within the poll-bound state and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath attacked the Opposition.

Addressing rallies in Bhabua, Ara and Bhagalpur, Singh criticised Pakistan for atrocities on Hindu, Sikh, Christian and different minorities. “But here in India, we have given equal rights and rule of law to our minorities. We brought the law against inhuman triple talaq to end centuries old sufferings of Muslim women,” he mentioned.

Paswan held a rally and highway reveal in Paliganj, where BJP insurgent candidate Usha Vidyarthi is contesting on a LJP ticket. The LJP is combating the meeting election by itself although it stays part of the NDA on the Centre.

He dared chief minister Nitish Kumar to contest elections on his personal. “There is huge anger against the chief minister…CM has no plans for youth. He says not everyone can get government jobs, while the government has not been able to bring industries to the state on the pretext that Bihar is a landlocked state.”

The three-phase meeting elections start on October 28, when 71 seats go the polls. The campaign has been dominated by a fierce alternate between Kumar and RJD’s Yadav over the latter’s promise of 1 million jobs. The CM has questioned where the cash for these jobs would come from, whereas Yadav has blamed the present govt for stalling the financial system.

Congress leaders Raj Babbar and Shaktisinh Gohil campaigned for the get together candidate at Tekari and Amarpur.

Addressing a rally, Babbar accused the CM of “ditching” the youth, including that in his tenure the govt might have simply given 4.5 lakh govt jobs to the youth.

At Jamui, Adityanath hit out at All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asauddin Owaisi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, saying the top to Jammu & Kashmir’s particular standing has triggered the 2 ache. “Only two people Owaisi and Rahul Gandhi praise Pakistan. They cannot think about the welfare of the nation,” he mentioned.

BJP chief JP Nadda and Nitish Kumar addressed rallies in Bihar’s Champaran area, blaming the Opposition and mentioned Bihar underwent a change throughout NDA rule.

In Kesariya, Kumar additionally attacked his arch rival Lalu Prasad, and mentioned the ‘husband and wife’ — a reference to Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi — performed for themselves for 15 years.

“Crime was at its peak and massacres were rampant 15 year ago….We changed the atmosphere and there is a rule of law and justice in the state now,” mentioned Kumar.

At one other rally in Parsa, Kumar’s speech was repeatedly disrupted by Prasad’s supporters. “Do not make a nuisance. If you don’t want to vote then don’t. By doing this, you will do harm to the person for whom you’re here,” an indignant Kumar mentioned.

[Attribution HT]

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