Level of election debate hits low as state prepares for last phases of voting
GN Bureau | October 30, 2015
As Bihar waits to vote in last two phases to elect its representatives to the legislative assembly, the leaders are letting out their fears and frustrations. In the bargain, the people are being subjected to low level of electioneering.
Take this gem for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Lalu said today that Amit Shah has "gone mad".
"Bilkul pagal ho gaya hai. Poore Bihar ko apmanit kar raha hai. (He has gone mad. He is insulting entire Bihar)... Amit Shah has insulted all Biharis, including Hindus, Muslims, Dalits, OBCs, by terming us as Pakistani. It has again exposed his mindset for us," said Lalu Prasad on Friday.
This comes a day after Amit Shah during his election rallies said firecrackers would be burst in celebration in Pakistan if the grand alliance of Janata Dal (United), RJD and Congress, and not the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, formed the next government. "If the Bharatiya Janata Party is defeated in the Bihar assembly polls and does not form a government, firecrackers will be burst in Pakistan," Shah said at an election rally in Raxaul on Thursday.
Lalu Prasad said, "BJP is not India and Bihar is not Pakistan."
The BJP president said jailed criminal-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin would benefit the most if a government led by Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad comes to power in Bihar. Shahabuddin, a former lawmaker, is currently lodged in Bhagalpur Central Jail.
To this Lalu Prasad said, "it is a below-the-belt attack against all Biharis by Amit Shah. People will teach him and his party a hard lesson in the polls... Such statement of Amit Shah has certain motive to play communal card but he and BJP will not succeed in their design in Bihar".
On the other hand, prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday trained his guns on Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav.
During his election rally in Gopalganj district, Modi picked on the chief minister saying as he has become tired of abusing him he has started abusing the people of Bihar.
“Shrimaan Nitish Babu, winning and losing are part of an election. You have got tired of abusing Modi, so you have started abusing Biharis? Abuse me as much as you want but do not abuse Biharis,” he said.
He accused Kumar of stalling development in the state and said the CM wants the old days of corruption and anarchy back.
“Do you want the old days of atrocities against Dalits, kidnappings, rapes and murders?” he asked.
The PM questioned Kumar on his promise of confiscating properties of people involved in corruption building a school in those premises.
“Laluji went to jail on corruption charges or not? Nitishji please tell us was his house confiscated and a school was opened there or not?” he taunted.
“Some of the members of Nitishji’s cabinet were seen taking money on TV, isn’t this a crime? But do they have any shame?”
“The swelling crowd here shows the mood of Bihar. Bihar is angry because it is asking for the accounts of the work done in the past 25 years, which you are not willing to give,” he said.
Targeting the RJD chief, he accused him of making Gopalganj “a mini Chambal”.
“Bullets were being fired at railway stations during broad daylight and there was only one industry that of kidnapping,” he said.
He said Bada Bhai (Lalu Yadav) and Chhota Bhai (Nitish Kumar) will only work to do good for themselves and the only way out is “Bihar ka vikas”.
“You had faith in me during 2014 Lok Sabha, do the same now and I will finish nepotism and corruption,” he said.
“As voting will start for fourth phase, they will be wiped out from the state. I have full faith that you will give us a two-thirds majority in the remaining two phases.”
“Demonetisation has created an entire system of digitisation and financial inclusion,” said PK Gupta, managing director (Retail and Digital Banking), State Bank of India, at the launch of the Governance Now India Financial Inclusion Case Book in Mumbai on Friday. He further stated though there
When Bhupen Gurung from the Royal University of Bhutan told the audience at the TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, about dropping levels of poverty in Bhutan, many public policy academicians were left intrigued. Coming from the ‘Land of Happiness’ (Bhutan ranked 97 among 155 countr
An IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre holding the post of assistant superintendent of police was caught cheating, using high-tech gadgets, while appearing in the IAS examination in October, as was widely reported in the media. The case has shaken the conscience of the enlightened citizenry and shows the rot t
Manufacturing will remain the dark horse for the Indian economy, especially as labour-intensive industries shift from China, writes Sukhgeet Kaur, director, project appraisal and management division, Niti Aayog in an official
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) working president Pravin Togadia is in the news after a long time. This week, Togadia went `missing` for an entire day as the Gujarat and Rajasthan police were on the lookout for him, arrest warrant in hand. Togadia was later brought to a hospital in an unconscious state. At a p
Of late, there have been some anxious moments for broadcasters and no one knows where it’s been coming from, and why it’s happening. For starters, the ministry of information and broadcasting is the licensor for TV channels, in two categories: (i) news and current affairs (&lsquo