Patna: BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday launched the party’s high-tech ‘Parivartan Rath’ campaign for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls by flagging off 160 GPS-fitted ‘chariots’ here.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, known for his poll management and innovative strategy to counter rivals, has named the high tech chariots ‘Parivartan Raths’ to send out a political message that “people in all 243 Bihar assembly seats want change”.
These chariots are meant to reach out to people in villages across Bihar, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s July 25 rally in Muzaffarpur.
“These ‘Parivartan Raths’ will reach out to people in every village with a message to provide clean water, electricity, roads, education, health and jobs to them if the NDA was voted to power in the upcoming Bihar polls under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Shah said in an address delivered minutes ahead of the flagging off of the chariots.
The party plans to hold 100,000 meetings in 100 days ahead of the elections.
Shah said the BJP’s focus is clear – mobilise people for a change in Bihar and free them from the ‘jungle raj’ of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who joined hands with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad.
Shah mainly attacked Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad during his over half-an-hour speech here.
“One high-tech rath of the party will visit at least five villages in a day.
“The BJP will reach out to 800 villages across the state to counter the propaganda by the new combine of Janata Dal-U, RJD, Congress and National Congress Party,” BJP state president Mangal Pandey said.
Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that people were fed up with Nitish Kumar’s bad governance and the deteriorating law and order situation.
“BJP’s raths would expose the failures of the Nitish Kumar government,” he said.
He said the high-tech raths would also show a video film in Hindi, depicting the misrule and bad governance during the 15 years of the Lalu-Rabri rule in Bihar.
“Besides, the BJP will inform people with the help of film about the total failure of the Nitish Kumar government after he ended his alliance with us,” he said.
In a series of meetings since assuming charge, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been focused on carrying on a “zero-tolerance” policy towards terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir with clear instructions to the security establishment to “completely eradicate” terror outfits operating in the state.
Also, the Intelligence Bureau and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) – mandated to provide internal security in Jammu and Kashmir – have been instructed to handle “each input” with utmost care and pass it on to the concerned authorities promptly.
“‘Do whatever is in the interest of the nation’ has been the instruction of the new Home Minister in all his meetings since June 1 when he took charge of the ministry,” said highly-placed sources.
Shah has so far held more than four meetings on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
He has also instructed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take “harsh action” against separatist leaders who are instrumental in fuelling terror activities in the state and put them behind bars.
Noting the decline in terrorist activities and new militant recruits in Jammu and Kashmir due to elimination of as many as 101 terrorists between January 1 and May 31, Shah has given the nod to continue the operations until the last terrorist is not eliminated, the sources said .
On an average, 20 terrorists are being killed by security forces every month in the state.
The security forces deputed in Jammu and Kashmir have also been assured of all help from the Centre towards the NDA government’s anti-terror policy aimed at providing relief from terrorism to the people of the state.
In a detailed internal security meeting earlier this week that was specifically focused on Jammu and Kahsmir, the Home Minister discussed about terrorist organisations active in the state and the number of their members.
The meeting followed a revision in the list of top 10 terrorists operating in the state who need to be eliminated.
The list includes wanted terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Al Badr based on inputs shared with the ministry by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and the IB.
Six of the top 10 militants named in the list belong to the Hizbul Mujahideen, two from JeM, and one each from LeT and Al Badr.
LeT commander Wasim Ahmed alias Osama, active in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo alias Mohammed Bin Qasim are mentioned on the top of the list.
Hizbul Mujahideen’s Anantnag district commander Mohammad Ashraf Khan, Baramulla district commander Mehraj-ud-Din, Srinagar’s Saifulla, Pulwama district commander Arshad-ul-Haq and Azaz Ahmad Malik, probably appointed as Kupwara district commander, are on the list.
The list also includes Javed Matoo alias Faisal, divisional commander of Al Badr in North Kashmir, Zaheed Sheikh alias Omar Afghani of JeM, and chief operational commander of JeM Hafiz Umar, a resident of Pakistan.
The Home Minister in his first meeting on internal security had also discussed the issue with Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, IB chief Rajiv Jain, RAW chief Anil Dhasmana and senior officials of the Home Ministry.
It is learnt that Shah has directed officials in the Home Ministry and security agencies to continue with the zero-tolerance policy not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also across the country.
He has been so far apprised on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in border areas by the Jammu and Kashmir Affairs Division which deals with counter-terrorism, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and coordination between ministries, including external affairs and defence.
In addition, the Home Minister further has stated that establishing rule of law and taking action against the high and mighty alleged to be involved in corruption will remain a top priority of his ministry.
The Home Minister has given clear instructions to the security forces to not let any criticism affect them and continue with the zero-tolerance policy.
What has still become a major issue of concern for the Home Ministry is the fact that despite these successes, homegrown terrorism is yet to be brought under control.
Several youths in Jammu and Kashmir have joined various pro-Pakistan terror outfits in the recent past.
The BJP government had last year stopped anti-terror operations during the holy month of Ramzan but terror activities continued in Jammu and Kashmir which claimed the lives of over 10 people in more than 30 attacks. (IANS)