“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 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.