NDA will get 2/3rd majority in Bihar under Nitish, says Amit Shah | India News


PATNA/NEW DELHI: In the first-ever virtual political rally of the country, home minister Amit Shah on Sunday made it clear that the saffron party and its allies would contest the assembly polls in Bihar under the leadership of chief minister and JD(U) boss Nitish Kumar and garner a two-thirds majority.
Although Shah clarified at the beginning of his speech that the rally was not the launch of the party’s poll campaign but a bid to connect with people in an hour of crisis, the virtual rally has set the stage for the campaign for Bihar polls, due later this year. There were indications in the rally that the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the Centre and the state government would be one of the dominant themes.
This was evident from the angry response Shah‘s engagement drew from RJD whose workers clanged steel ‘thalis’ to accuse BJP of neglecting the poor. “There are elections in Bihar in the coming days, I believe that under Nitish Kumarji’s leadership, NDA will form the government with two-thirds majority,” Shah said. Shah said the event was one of the 75 virtual public meetings that the party has organised for ‘Jan Samvad’ (public dialogue) after completion of the Modi government’s first year.
He took a dig at RJD by saying it was good that they were finally following what PM Narendra Modi had exhorted them to do — to clap and clang thalis — to boost the morale of doctors and other health professionals as well as police who have been on the frontline in the fight against the virus. “Today, people came out to bang utensils to oppose the virtual rally. I am happy that people at last paid heed to Modiji’s advice,” he added. Shah on several occasions hailed the leadership of Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Modi for handling the coronavirus crisis and transforming the state from the “lantern” era to “LED”, a dig at the RJD’s poll symbol.
Reacting to Shah’s speech, RJD spokesman Manoj Jha told TOI that the virtual rally was a desperate attempt to skirt real issues. “Full of lies and half-truths. He did not explain the brazen and insensitive silence of his government for several weeks since the first lockdown with respect to the plight of migrant workers, particularly from Bihar,” he said.
Referring to how the country was battling the coronavirus crisis with unity, Shah said Modi was the only PM other than Lal Bahadur Shastri on whose call the entire country responded in unison, be it expressing solidarity with corona warriors or compliance with janta curfew. Shah floated the slogan ‘Ek Jan, Ek Man’ and said people from all walks responded to the PM’s call to wage war against coronavirus.
Shah also said the Modi government had fulfilled its electoral promises — from nullifying Article 370 to abolishing triple talaq.
Shah said Modi had told chief ministers of all states that migrant labourers should be treated with respect and had given Rs 11,000 crore to states to feed them.
He said Bihar’s growth rate was 3.9% when RJD was in office and it reached 11.3% under Kumar, with the state “moving from lalten raj to LED raj”.
He also took dig at Rahul Gandhi and said, “Somebody sitting here interviews people in the US while the prime minister united the entire country in the fight against coronavirus.”
Later, BJP claimed that the rally got 14 lakh views on Facebook and 1.40 lakh on YouTube while over 66,000 people watched it on Twitter.
Reacting to Shah’s speech, RJD spokesman Manoj Jha told TOI that the virtual rally was a desperate attempt to skirt real issues. “Full of lies and half-truths. He did not explain the brazen and insensitive silence of his government for several weeks since the first lockdown with respect to the plight of migrant workers, particularly from Bihar. His satirical comment about ‘thali banging’ exposes his ignorance that it was an idea of the JP movement,” he added.



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