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Chhapra (Bihar): The RJD and JD-U governments of the past 25 years have turned Bihar’s youths into migrants, forcing them to seek jobs outside the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

Addressing the first of four election rallies of Sunday at Maraurah in this district, about 80 km from Patna, Modi promised all-round development of Bihar if the BJP was voted to power in ongoing assembly elections.

“Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad are responsible for forcing people to leave the state. They made migrants of the youths of Bihar,” Modi thundered at an election rally, referring to the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders.

This was because nothing has been done by successive governments in the past quarter century to generate economic development in Bihar, he said.

The third round of staggered Bihar elections for 50 of the 243 assembly constituencies is due on Wednesday.

“If the BJP-led NDA comes to power in Bihar, I will soon look into how to develop Bihar by attracting investors to set up industries,” he said.

“We will make Bihar a developed state,” the Bharatiya Janata Party leader added.

Berating the Grand Alliance of the JD-U, RJD and Congress, Lalu Prasad asked the people to shun them.

He said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad were to blame for the state’s backwardness.

“In the last 25 years Bihar has got no electricity, no development. It is the only state where electricity has not reached a majority of villages.

“We talk of development in our election rallies but they (Lalu and Nitish) talk of ‘Modi and Modi’.”

The BJP veteran said Lalu Prasad’s RJD should be known as ‘Rashtriya Jadu Tona Dal’ after the former Bihar chief minister claimed that he was the biggest tantric in the country.

He said the BJP-led four-party alliance wished to provide power, water, infrastructure, education for youth, and health facilities for the elders in Bihar.

(IANS)

 

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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)