RJD has promised 10 lakh government jobs and 85% reservation for Biharis in its manifesto. Your comments.
There is no bar on promising the moon. But the textbook case of manifesto is we promising free vaccines for corona and Mahagatbandhan promising to reflect upon prohibition. Nearly 6 lakh jobs have been given by the Nitish Kumar government (in 15 years). Now, we have promised to give 19 lakh jobs. From 1990 to 2005, in the Lalu regime, only 90,000 jobs were created.
Initially, BJP poked fun at RJD for this promise, but has now itself promised to create 19 lakh jobs...
No, we have made this promise in a substantive way based upon what we have done. Tejaswi is involved in criminal cases and many of them are those where money was taken with the promise of jobs when his father was the railway minister. Is the same model to be exercised here?
There seems to be huge anti-incumbency against JDU. Do you think JD(U) is pulling BJP down in the elections?
Our relationship is not new. It emerged in the wake of the anti-Lalu corruption campaign (fodder scam)… Nitish Kumar has been railway minister (in NDA-I).
The fatigue factor is being unnecessarily hyped.
Do you think Bihar can see a BJP chief minister?
This question is hypothetical. Nitish Kumar is leader of the NDA (in Bihar). You must remember—hum rishte nibhaana jaante hai.
LJP is in the NDA but Chirag Paswan is contesting against JDU. Your views.
Amit Shah has clearly stated that we tried our best to negotiate. Chirag has a personal issue with the chief minister. He remains in the NDA but he is not a part of Bihar NDA. What shall be the role of LJP post-elections in the NDA is entirely hypothetical for the present.
What do you have to say about the Mahagatbandhan?
A very scary factor is the presence of CPI(ML) in the Mahagatbandhan. The Congress party has joined hands with CPI(ML). This is a unique factor. They kill people with impunity, create discord.
PM in his speech brought Article 370 in the Bihar campaign. How much does it connect in this election?
Article 370 was mentioned because some parties, including Congress, are raising it. This issue has to be spoken about along with triple talaq and the stern messaging to China.
How big a role do national issues play in a state election?
They are not entirely irrelevant. When the PM was speaking, he was trying to expose the double standards of the Mahagatbandhan leaders. Ram temple is a reality. As for terrorism, is it a sin to talk about it? At least we don’t suffer the hypocrisy of liberals, who are so cagey about what happens in Hathras but maintain a conspicuous silence on Mehbooba Mufti’s highly controversial and anti-national statement.
What about local issues... that of migrants, high unemployment in Bihar?
90-99% of our effort is in raising those issues. During Covid pandemic, 8 crore people of Bihar have been given free rations. Rs 30,000 crore has been sent to their pockets. 2.5 crore women have got Rs 500 per month.
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2 Comments on this Story
Ramesh Shah93 days ago
THEN INCLUDED IN MANIFESTOS.... WHERE IS THE CHILD N YOU TALK OF THE CHILDREN'S MARRIAGE....
somnath ghosh93 days ago
Bakwas promise. India neither have the infrastructure for distribution nor storage of corona vaccine. Which will have to be stored at -70 degrees from manufacturing to injection. Feku ka chamcho phekte raho.