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New Delhi: Taking lessons from its humiliating defeat in Delhi assembly elections, the BJP leadership has decided to involve its state unit in every major decision – from selecting candidates to whether to announce a chief ministerial candidate – in the upcoming Bihar polls.

“From seat sharing to ticket distribution, the decision will be taken only after consultation with state unit,” said a top BJP official, who did not want to be identified.

The state unit will have also a say in whether the party should announce its chief ministerial candidate or bank on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity, he added.

The leader, who is said to be a “master strategist” of the party, however said that on the issue of chief ministerial candidate, the parliamentary board will have the final say.

Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was declared the party’s chief ministerial candidate in Delhi at the very last moment, that too without taking state leaders into confidence, contributing to the party’s crippling defeat.

The Delhi election was the first major setback for BJP president Amit Shah, with all his moves including fielding Bedi as chief ministerial candidate failed to click with the natiuonal capital’s voters.

Shah, who will be in Patna on June 21 to participate in International Yoga Day celebrations, will also then hold close door meetings with crucial state leaders and will chalk out the party strategy to take up the Janata Dal-United-Rashtriya Janata Dal-Congress combine.

Meanwhile, the BJP has set a target of winning 185 seats in the state’s 243-member assembly.

“The alliance of JD-U-RJD-Congress is a negative one as it has been formulated with a fear of BJP and Narendra Modi. This itself proves that BJP is in strong position there. They all have compromised with their principles and people of Bihar are not going to accept them,” the BJP leader contended.

He further added that Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad had been staunch followers of socialist stalwarts Jai Prakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia, who were strongly opposed to the Congress, but now to stop BJP, they have joined hands with Congress. 

“So why will the supporters of JP and Lohia support them?” he asked.

(IANS)

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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi steps down
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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