Launching the BJP’s election campaign in Bihar, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday exuded confidence that the NDA would form the government with 2/3rd majority under the leadership of Nitish Kumar.
Addressing the ‘Bihar Jansamvad Rally’ through video conferencing, Shah said under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the state moved from “lalten raj” to “LED raj”, referring to the RJD’s poll symbol of lamp. The BJP will have 75 such meetings, he said.
“I believe that under Nitish Kumar ji’s leadership NDA will form the government with 2/3rd majority but this isn’t the time for politics. We all should fight Covid-19 under Modi ji’s leadership. Bihar’s growth rate was 3.9 per cent when RJD was ruling, it reached 11.3 per cent under Nitish Kumar,” Amit Shah said.
In opening remarks, Shah said the virtual rally was not a political rally but a medium to bring the people of the country together in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Bihar is scheduled to go to the Assembly polls in October-November this year.
“This rally has nothing to do with elections. The BJP believes in democracy. I want to salute the crores of corona warriors who are fighting against the virus by risking their lives. Health workers, police personnel and others, I want to acknowledge their contribution,” he said.
The former BJP president said the Centre safely ferried 1.25 crore migrants to their respective destinations after the required health infrastructure was ramped up to meet their needs.
Shah also took a dig at the Opposition RJD and said during the rule of JD(U)-BJP alliance, Bihar came out of “Jungle Raj to Janata ka Raj”.
“Some people welcomed our today’s virtual rally by clanging ‘thalis’. I am glad they finally heard PM Modi’s appeal to show gratitude towards those fighting COVID-19,” he added.
Protesting against Shah’s rally, RJD, led by former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and party chief Tejashwi Yadav, observed “Garib Adhikaar Diwas” by beating utensils while the Congress took to posters to urge citizens to mark “Shraddhanjali Diwas“. The posters read ‘virtual se actual muddon ka encounter‘.
Taking a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, Shah said some NGO had told the Congress leader that speaking loudly would get him more votes. “Issues which none dared to touch in 70 years were resolved in first year of Modi govt’s 2nd term,” he said.
Harping on the tried-and-tested nationalism issues, which the party stressed vigorously during last year’s Lok Sabha elections, Shah said India’s defence policy had gained global acceptance.
“There was a time when anybody used to enter our borders, behead our soldiers and Delhi’s darbar remained unaffected. Uri and Pulwama happened during our time. It was the Modi and BJP govt that did surgical strikes and airstrike.The whole world agrees that after US and Israel, if there is any other country that is able to protect its borders, it is India.”
The BJP had on Saturday announced that Union Home Minister and former BJP chief Amit Shah would address party workers at approximately 72,000 booths to reach out to its cadres and workers. In Bihar, BJP’s organisational structure includes 45 organisational districts, 1,100 mandals, 9,000 shakti kendras and 72,000 booths.
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