BJP’s high-tech ‘rath yatra’: 56-inch screens, old video clips of Lalu, Nitish

The BJP drive is a plan to counter Bihar government’s Jan Bhagidari Manch raths, rolled out in every district, to showcase Nitish government’s achievements.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: July 16, 2015 8:13 am
bjp, bjp rath yatra, bihar, bihar polls, BJP bihar polls, BJP raths, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar, patna latest news, india news, bjp news The video clip of political sparring between alliance partners, Lalu and Nitish, will play on 56-inch LED TV screens installed on BJP’s 160 raths (chariots) that will tour as many assembly constituencies after being flagged off by Amit Shah from Gandhi Maidan on Thursday.

“Maine samajik nyay JP (Jayaprakash Narayan) ke charnon me baith ke shuru kiya (I learnt my lessons in social justice sitting at JP’s feet),” says Nitish Kumar in a clip that quickly cuts to Lalu Prasad’s retort.

“Tum kab the JP andolan mein, ye to baad me maine tumhara naam judwaya tha (When were you a part of the JP movement? I got your name included in the steering committee later),” the RJD chief counters.

This video clip of political sparring between alliance partners, Lalu and Nitish, will play on 56-inch LED TV screens installed on BJP’s 160 raths (chariots) that will tour as many assembly constituencies after being flagged off by the party president Amit Shah from Gandhi Maidan on Thursday.

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The clip is part of a 25-minute video, made by the BJP, which has clubbed clips and quotes from various functions.

The ‘rath yatra’ blitzkrieg for Bihar polls will be flagged off by Shah in the presence of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, former Jitan Ram Manjhi and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha.

The BJP, which plans to use 243 hi-tech raths — or modified pick-up vans — during the Bihar polls, has set itself a target of organising over one lakh public displays of the campaign video in the next 90 days.

The BJP drive is a plan to counter Bihar government’s Jan Bhagidari Manch raths, rolled out in every district, to showcase Nitish government’s achievements and to get public feedback on improving governance.

BJP state president Mangal Pandey told The Indian Express: “Our rath with big TV screen and high quality sound system has three key messages starting with the 15 years of Lalu-Rabri regime of kidnappings, killings and over all misrule. We want to engage around 84 lakh young voters, below 30 years of age, as most of them might not recall the horrors of Lalu Raj. The first part of our video would serve as a reminder to them about Lalu”.

According to the BJP state president, the most hilarious bits of the 25-minute video would be the battle of claims and counter-claims between Lalu and Nitish.

“In one clip Nitish claims to bring industry and investment, Lalu responds in the next clip by saying Nitish had not brought even a factory to make needles…the internecine war of two political brothers will do the job for us,” said Pandey.

The second segment of the video clip, according to BJP, showcases achievements of the NDA rule, with BJP claiming credit for good governance and welfare schemes. The third part will feature events that unfolded after the NDA split — including Gandhi Maidan and Bodhgaya blasts, Chhapra midday meal tragedy and incidents to showcase deterioration of law and order in the state.

Pandey said that the final segment will feature achievements of the Narendra Modi government, and the policies unveiled to benefit Bihar.

The campaign blitzkrieg would be followed up by Modi’s July 25 visit to Bihar, where he would declare open the new IIT campus at Bihta, Digha railway bridge and an agriculture university’s upgradation to a Central university.

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    ashutosh Arora
    Jul 18, 2015 at 6:31 pm
    so, 56" TV screen instead of 56" inches chest .. must have become too small in 15 moths to make any impression ... sign of things to come ..
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      ashutosh Arora
      Jul 16, 2015 at 9:55 am
      show your capabilities ... not what others have done or doing ... what you got last time were negative votes, people wanted a change for the good. things are getting worst ..... probably you have nothing worth showing during 15 month rule at the center except so called election "Jumlas" the false promises ....
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        Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
        Jul 16, 2015 at 7:42 am
        Campaign blitzkrieg :-) in each election, ye rathon aur raliyon ka kharcha bhi kabhi bata diya karo IE walon.
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          hemkant
          Jul 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm
          Bihar from starting was ruled by congress, then RJD and JD(U). All talked about progress of Bihar. And now see the condition of Bihar! It is upto the voters to chose what they want. Development or no development.
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            G.C.Agrawal
            Jul 20, 2015 at 5:13 pm
            G.C. Agrawal I am surprised to see BJP spending so much money. I wonder where from they get all the money. But one thing is sure that they are having big business contacts, who arrange all the money for them to spend.
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              Dr J
              Jul 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm
              The fact is that the combination of Lalu-Nitish will not work
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                mumbikar
                Jul 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm
                where is all this money coming from !!!!!!!! must be all the black money stashed abroad has already been used for cheap stuff like this !!!!
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                  Kumar
                  Jul 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm
                  I think BJP is doing the same mistake they did earlier (Negative campaign) which can backfire. They better talk about the development plans etc. Lets wait and see..!
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