JD(U) secretary-general K C Tyagi and Rajya Sabha member Pawan Verma charged the BJP with distortion of data on development in Bihar and alleged the BJP would review the reservation policy and bring in anti-farmer laws should it manage to form a government in Bihar. However, they avoided backing the assertion made by their ally Lalu Prasad that the Bihar election was a fight between forward and backward castes.
“The BJP wants to win the Bihar polls so that it acquires a majority in the Rajya Sabha and pass anti-farmer and anti-labour laws,” Tyagi alleged. A victory for the grand alliance, in his view, would strengthen internal democracy in the BJP, mainstream party leaders who had been sidelined and prevent a review of reservation. Tyagi attacked the BJP over a rally planned for October 4 in the Seemanchal region. “Amitbhai (Shah) and (Asaduddin) Owaisibhai will hold meetings the same day to prepare the ground for religious polarisation,” he alleged.
“Money is flowing in to Bihar like a flood in the Ganga,” Verma said, asking the Election Commission to take note of it.