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Bihar’s political fever: Decoding the implicit conspiracies and conniving leaders

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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

The land of Swaraswati, Bihar, has been juddering by tremors of political quibbles for a considerable time now. The saga started off with the two political stalwarts striking a deal – RJD-JD(U)- for the forthcoming elections, followed by BJP’s perseverance to crack down upon the prevalent arrangement in the state. As of now, the entire state has turned into a labyrinth, with political pundits and commoners finding it hard to detangle the mesh.

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According to a survey conducted by Zee News, about 46.3% of the people in Bihar want Nitish Kumar to be the chief minister, while, 37% want Sushil Kumar Modi to be the representative of the state, and 4.9 % of them are calling for Ram Vilas Paswan’s triumph in the assembly elections.

If one reads into the figures, one might end up inferring Nitish Kumar’s inevitable victory in the political duel; but with the kind of tricks the unbeatable maverick, Narendra Modi, takes to, it would be quite an incoherent conclusion to stick make.

The ostentation gets further escalated with Narendra Modi’s coveted visit to the state on Saturday.

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The saffron party made sure to make the much awaited ‘Parivartan rally’a grand affair, with billboards and newspaper ads plumping Modi’s development model. Despite sharing the stage with Nitish Kumar, Modi didn’t balk at unleashing his implicit ammos.

Toeing his fetish for development, he expounded his plans for the state.  “Considering the present situation, every state, in order to succeed, needs development. Be it illiteracy, poverty or lack of health care facilities, every problem has got one solution and that is development,” reiterated Modi.

Taking an implicit dig at the RJD supremo, Lalu Prasad Yadav, he said railway projects which were left incomplete would have touched new heights had NDA won the 2004 Lok sabha elections; but after UPA took over the reign, they started endorsing railway ministers from Bihar who were not able to deliver the required results.

Fleshing out his party’s intent for Bihar, he said the state requires a refurbished connectivity which would include all the three modes of transportation – railways, roadways, and air. He further harped on his purport to render the state special status later on.

Along with that, he inaugurated the IIT-Patna building, and further gave a green signal to the Patna-Mumbai AC Express train. He also ushered in the train service on the newly constructed Daniwan-Bihashraif rail line, as stated in an India Today report.

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Although the string of schemes rolled out by the Prime minister at the meet reflected his noble intentions, a closer read into his quips and implicit attacks on the opposition parties give an inkling of his divide and rule policy.

In an attempt at wrecking the political set up, Modi has initiated the process of an in-explicit feud between the once arch rivals. Lalu Prasad Yadav’s recent dig at Narendra Modi throws light on the jitteriness borne by him after being accused of inefficiency by his adversary, “What about his ache din promises?” as quoted in an ABP news report.

Complying a similar feeling of antagonism, even Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar chastised Modi for his DNA-quip wherein the Prime Minister talked ill of the Bihar supremo’s DNA. According to an India Today report, Nitish Kumar said, “The people of Bihar and I share the same DNA.” The JD(U) supreme’s retaliation took place at a press conference which was held immediately after Modi’s departure from the state.

Mulling over the political developments in Bihar, one might be left stupefied at the turn of events; however, the fleeting moments, surely, leave a stench of breeding political conspiracies. Whether the newfangled bonhomie blows the conch of success or gets beleaguered by the conniving attempts of the old maverick is yet to be seen.

Modi’s Hunkar rally might have been perturbed by the bombings that took place just before his rally kicked off, but his attempt at pulling plug on his resisters through his Parivartan rally hints at his clandestine intentions of storming the current political scenario in the state and bringing a change that would inevitably pave his party’s path towards success in the forthcoming Bihar assembly elections.

 

 

 

 

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Lalu’s 4th Fodder Scam Case: Court to Deliver Judgment on March 15

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Besides Lalu Prasad, another former Chief Minister, Jagganth Mishra, and 30 others are also accused in this case. Wikimedia Commons

The hearing in a fourth multi-million rupee fodder scam involving former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD Chief Lalu Yadav concluded in Ranchi on Monday in a special CBI court, which fixed March 15 as the date for delivering its judgment.

The case relates to fraudulent withdrawals Rs 13.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury.

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Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first case in 2013 and was awarded five years imprisonment. Wikimedia Commons

He was convicted by a special CBI court in the second case on December 23, 2017, and awarded three-and-a-half-years imprisonment on January 6. He was convicted in a third case on January 24 related to fraudulent withdrawals from Chaibasa treasury and was awarded a five-year term.

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He now faces another two cases — one in Ranchi and one in Patna.

The multi-million rupee fodder scam had surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Yadav was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar. The probe was handed over to CBI on the directive of the Patna High Court.

The bulk of the cases were transferred to Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar in 2000. (IANS)