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Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the people of Bihar to vote for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the ongoing assembly polls, and said the Grand Alliance’s win will lead to the state’s destruction.

Attacking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, he said:

“Jungle raj has got a new twin brother – jantar mantar. Don’t let them come together or there will be nothing but destruction.”

Modi was addressing an election rally in Madhubani district – famous for its Madhubani painting – even as voting in the fourth and penultimate phase of the assembly elections is underway in 55 constituencies.

Earlier in a tweet, the prime minister said the people of Bihar see the NDA as a “ray of hope”. “Atmosphere in Bihar indicates people want change. The people see the NDA as a ray of hope….”

He also appealed to voters, particularly the youth, to vote in large numbers. “Your condition and the state’s poor condition cannot be changed without changing the government,” Modi said.

Besides Madhubani, Modi is scheduled to campaign in Madhepura and Katihar districts on Sunday.

“Nitish Kumar is tired and defeated, that it why he is going to Babas. They are making fun of democracy. If you don’t have electricity at home, will it come by doing jantar mantar?”

“Water, employment, no teacher, education – will all this come through jantar mantar,” he asked the people in Madhubani.

Modi said the NDA would form the government in Bihar on November 8 and would listen and try to solve all problems of the people.

The prime minister said some women from Bihar’s Karpuri village sent him a memorandum that nobody in the state government was ready to listen to their problems.

“Look at the state of Bihar – there is no one to listen to the poor.”

Modi said the women, who expressed their anguish in the memorandum, have not received education and can’t write. “The state where the voice of Nalanda boomed across the world, women born after independence still cannot write.”

He also targeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi, whose party is a part of the Grand Alliance along with the Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

“Madam Sonia ji, you ruled (Bihar) for 35 years, Lalu ji, Nitish ji you ruled for 25 years, this is proof of your negligence.”

Modi said Bihar needs two engines to come out of the hole of backwardness – one from Patna and the other from Delhi.

“You have given one engine in Delhi, give us another one in Patna to bring the state out of its poor condition.”

Modi has also given a new definition of Bihar – brilliant, innovative, hardworking, action oriented and resourceful.

The polls to the 243-member Bihar assembly started on October 12. The final, fifth round of elections will be held on November 5.

The counting of votes is slated for November 8.

(IANS)

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India Begins Its Election Season With Five States

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”

Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Adityanath has been appealing to the BJP’s Hindu-nationalist base and on Sunday accused the opposition of blocking construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram on a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh.

The destruction of a mosque on the site by a Hindu mob in 1992 sparked deadly riots across the country. (VOA)