Modi campaigns for third part in Bihar; concentrates on ladies voters, says ‘maa, behan, beti’ supporting NDA

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3

As the second phase elections got under way on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was back in Bihar to campaign for the third phase in the state.

Speaking at Forbesganj, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the people of Bihar for participating in the festival of democracy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Praising the Nitish Kumar government for fulfilling aspirations of people, he condemned the Opposition again comparing “jungle raj” versus the “double engine ki sarkar and sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas”.

Interestingly, he also mentioned Congress’ political situation to underline the anger of people against the party for not fulfilling its promises.

“Today, Congress is in such a situation that even if you add all of its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members they do not add up to 100 MPs. There are several states such as Gujarat and Uttarakhand which have not sent even a single Congress representative to Delhi. People have not allowed them to step inside the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. That’s how much angry they are with them. This is because they say something and do something else,” the Prime Minister said reiterating the commitment of the NDA towards “development, good governance” and making Bihar “atmanirbhar”.

Thanking the Election Commission, the police personnel and the administration for conducting the elections in these difficult times, he said: “The people of Bihar are giving a message on democracy to the entire world, to think tanks and to opinion makers. The entire world is surprised with the conduct of these elections.”

Highlighting the achievements of the NDA government, he said: “The people of Bihar have declared that the state is getting NDA government again. The people have rejected jungle raj, double-double yuvraj,” he said, castigating the “corrupt and greedy” Opposition and reminding the people of the “loot and lawlessness” during the regime of the RJD, which is contesting with the Congress and the Left.

The two rallies on Tuesday are expected to be his last in the state. The PM has addressed 10 rallies in Bihar earlier.

The first elections in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the verdict is expected to have a nationwide message on the Centre’s policies.

The constituencies polling today are tough seats for the NDA as the majority of areas polling today are the ones beset by migrant labour and flood issues.

Amid a definite anti-incumbency against the Nitish Kumar government, the BJP is hoping to do well on seats having straight fights with the Congress aided by the very active push of the Prime Minister.

While the Prime Minister appears to be drawing traction, another problem for the BJP appears to be “silence of women” in these elections, a reason why he has been taking special efforts to woo them.

Speaking in his election rallies, senior leaders, including BJP president JP Nadda, have been reiterating the commitment of the Modi government towards the welfare of women. The government transferred Rs 500 to 20 crore women for three months during lockdown through jandhan accounts, they say.

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