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Nitish and Lalu together represent “jungle raj”: Modi

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Gaya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his RJD ally Lalu Prasad, saying they together represented “jungle raj” and “poison” – and urged people to vote the BJP to power in the upcoming assembly elections.

Nitish Kumar led alliance to hold joint rallies
Nitish Kumar led alliance to hold joint ralli

Only a fortnight after he sparked a row with his “DNA” comment on Nitish Kumar, Modi launched another broadside against the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief at a rally here that drew thousands of supporters.

Both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad hit back promptly.

Nitish Kumar said Modi “has a habit of telling lies time and again”. And Lalu Prasad retaliated by saying that the prime minister was staring at defeat in Bihar because he (Lalu) had joined hands with Nitish Kumar.

In his speech, Modi warned people that “jungle raj” would return to Bihar if Lalu Prasad returned to power in the company of Nitish Kumar.

“I do not know who is Bhujang Prasad and who is Chandan Kumar. I do not know who is having poison and who is serving it,” Modi said, in reference to Lalu Prasad’s pledge to drink poison to derail the BJP in Bihar.

Modi also said the RJD-JD(U) alliance won’t last long.

“You have suffered their arrogance, deceit and exploitation for the last 25 years. Do you want such a rule to continue for another five years? I am here to appeal to you to vote for us to develop Bihar.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran said “jungle raj-II” will return to Bihar if his party was not voted to power.

Modi linked the murder of a BJP worker in Patna a few days ago as a sign of the likely return of “jungle raj.” He used the term “jungle raj” over a dozen times in his speech.

He blamed the 15 years of rule by Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi for Bihar’s backwardness. “When they ruled the state, hardly any development took place.”

Modi recalled describing the RJD as a “Rozana jungle raj ka darr” party. On Sunday, he said the JD(U) stood for “Janata ka daman aur utpidan”.

He promised that if the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance took power, Bihar will be out of the BIMARU tag.

“We will take Bihar out of BIMARU tag in the next five years by economic development like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.”

Modi also promised to develop Bodh Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, as a top tourist destination.

It was Modi’s second public rally after the one at Muzaffarpur last month where he started the BJP campaign.

Speaking in Patna, Nitish Kumar accused Modi of insulting Bihar and its people by calling it a ‘BIMARU’ or sick state.

“After insulting Biharis by questioning my DNA last month, Modi has again insulted Bihar and Biharis by terming it a BIMARU state,” he told the media.

Nitish Kumar insisted that Bihar was no more a BIMARU state. “It is an open secret.”

Experts once used to collectively describe undivided Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as “BIMARU” states to denote their backwardness. That terminology is presently not widely accepted.

Nitish Kumar said Modi had in a way threatened people by asking them to vote for the BJP if they desired help from the central government. “What kind of cooperative federalism is this?”

Describing the BJP as “Badka Jhootha Party”, he challenged Modi to prove his allegation that the JD(U) had spent Rs.300 crore on the election campaign.

“He should prove it as he has a habit of telling lies time and again.”

(IANS)

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Congress To Use Tribal Card to Regain Power in the Country

Congress to use tribal card to improve countrywide position

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Congress will be using the tribal card to regain dominance and their plan of action will begin from Chhattisgarh. Wikimedia Commons

BY SANDEEP PAURANIK

In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.

Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.

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Former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi gave an important message while innaugrating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.

The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.

BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.

The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.

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The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country. Wikimedia Commons

Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.

“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.

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The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)