Pulled up by the Election Commission for its advertisements alleging a controversy to transfer quota from one community to another, the BJP has taken up “jungle raj 2” as the theme of its latest newspaper ads.
The BJP has been running a series of ads asking questions of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad. From “Jawab nahi toh vote nahi (if you can’t answer, you can’t get votes)”, the tagline changed to “Chunav aapka bhavisya aapka (Your election, your future)”. The main tagline “Badakiye Sarkar, Badaliye Bihar”, however, remains in the latest ad, published on the front pages of vernacular dailies. It quotes 20 headlines of this year from various newspapers and TV channels on rape, kidnapping, murder and Naxal attacks. “Yeh hai jungle raj 2 ka dastak,” says the ad, whose examples include the murder of a BJP leader in Patna in August this year.
“Our leaders are taking up crime incidents,” BJP state president Mangal Pandey said. “We have attacked Mohd Shahabuddin in Siwan and been talking about misrule since the beginning of our campaign.”
“The BJP has got more desperate with each passing phase,” JD(U) national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi said. “By moving from its special package to its comments about Pakistan, it has shown its desperation because it is losing ground in Bihar after such a phenomenal show in the Lok Sabha polls (31 of 40 seats).”
Another JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP, Ali Anwar, said, “Does the BJP talk about law and order in Delhi from where the PM rules the country? Bringing Pakistan into the Bihar political discourse shows the BJP’s desperation.”
BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, meanwhile, brought up Pakistanagain, questioning Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s visit to Pakistan three years ago. “In what capacity did he tour Pakistan three years ago when the neighbouring country has been abetting terrorism in India and now threatening to use nuclear weapons against our country?” he asked in a series of tweets.
Incidentally, Sushil Modi was deputy CM when Nitish led a delegation for a week-long visit to Pakistan in November 2012.