Updated: November 4, 2015 5:01:59 pm
Newspapers in Bihar on Wednesday carried BJP ads on its front pages which attacked Nitish Kumar for his ‘silence’ on the issue of cow slaughter. The advertisements have come ahead of the final phase of polling in the Seemanchal belt on Thursday.
The ads portray a picture of a woman hugging a cow along with a blazing headline in Hindi that translates into “Nitish Kumar ji, your allies kept insulting the holy cow of every Indian and you kept quiet!”.
The advertisement goes on to say, “Stop doing vote bank politics and answer whether you agree with the statements of your colleagues.” It goes on to quote some of the statements of RJD leaders Lalu Prasad Yadav, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on consumption of beef in the country.
The ad is accompanied with BJP’s slogan, “If you don’t have an answer, you don’t get a vote.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has openly exhorted voters to elect Nitish Kumar, asked on Twitter whether the ads have been approved by the BJP’s top brass or its fringe elements.
Have these ads in Bihar been given by BJP’s fringe elements? Or by BJP top brass? pic.twitter.com/ZRUTbCWk0F
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 4, 2015
He added that it was important for the BJP to lose the election in order to understand that hate politics will not work in India.
“People want love n peace, not hate,” he wrote on Twitter.
The issue of beef and cow slaughter has been a sparring weapon used extensively in the ongoing Bihar elections between the two alliances. The issue gained further momentum after the horrific lynching of a man in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh by a furious mob on rumours that he consumed and stored beef. The incident also found resonance in the state elections in Bihar.
The elections have so far seen a close contest between the Nitish Kumar-led alliance and the BJP-led front. The votes will be counted on Sunday, November 8.
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