Also While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is busy attacking the Opposition alliance in the run-up for Bihar election, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has launched a series of attacks on NDA’s chief ministerial candidate Nitish Kumar.
During an election rally in Bihar’s Nawada district, Tejashwi Yadav said that Nitish Kumar was staying inside his home for the last four months because of the coronavirus threat and has now come out only to ask for votes.
“Nitish Kumar stayed inside the CM house for 144 days. But now he is out of his house. Why? Tab bhi corona tha, ab bhi corona hai. But now he wants your vote, so he has to step out,” Tejaswi Yadav said.
Back in June, when Nitish Kumar made his appearance, Tejashwi Yadav mocked him in a tweet, telling him “if you are afraid (to step outside), I will go along with you”.
Nitish Kumar had faced widespread criticism over his decision to remain indoors and avoid public interaction during the ongoing health crisis, even as lakhs of Bihar migrants struggled to return home. In early June, after spending 84 days inside, he finally stepped out to drive 20 meters to the official secretariat, which is next door.
Migrant crisis in Bihar
Tejashwi also hit out at Nitish Kumar over his handling of the migrants’ crisis. Notably, over 32 lakh people returned to Bihar after the national lockdown left them jobless. The state promised jobs and conducted a “skill mapping” programme, but many remain without work.
The RJD leader, who is hoping to stop Nitish Kumar from securing a fourth term as chief minister, has picked up on unemployment in the state—46.6 per cent as a major poll issue.
“Did Nitish Kumar give you jobs in 15 years? Did he eradicate poverty? What happened to the promised government jobs? What happened to the factories?” Tejashwi Yadav said.
Tejashwi Yadav questions PM on Bihar package
Taking a sarcastic dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the RJD leader “welcomed” him in Bihar.
“I welcome Modi ji to Bihar. Now, tell us what happened to the Bihar package?” he asked.
Tejashwi Yadav also referred to the “double-engine”— a model of development touted by the BJP in which the same party is in power at the Centre and state— asking if it had helped Bihar progress.
PM Modi criticises Opposition
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a dig at the RJD-Congress alliance in the run-up for the Bihar election. PM Modi said that the people of Bihar have decided that those having a history of making Bihar ‘bimaru’ will not be allowed to return to power.
PM Modi said this while addressing the people in his first election rally in Bihar’s Sasaram.
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