Jungle Raj Returns: BJP On Bihar ‘Mahagathbandhan’

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By: Rajgopal
Updated: 12 August, 2022 8:02 pm IST
CM Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Yadav (file photo)

NEW DELHI: Recounting multiple stances of rape, murder and dacoity in Bihar after Nitish Kumar walked out of the NDA on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that jungle raj has returned to Bihar.

“Prabhat Khabar’s Gokul Yadav was murdered in Bihar’s Jamui on August 10. A Toyota showroom guard was murdered in Patna and money was looted. Six people passed away after consuming spurious liquor in Chhapara…all this has happened in the last three days. In Bihar, the jungle raj returns,” Patra said.

Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar broke with the BJP in the state and formed an alliance with Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Talking about a clip of Deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav which has gone viral on different social media platforms, Patra said that Yadav had promised 10 lakh jobs before the 2020 assembly polls but is now saying that it was to be fulfilled if he became the Chief Minister and not the Deputy chief minister.

The BJP also pulled up Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for spreading lies through press conferences and advertisements. Patra said that all Kejriwal does is promote himself through issuing advertisements on different platforms and all he cares about is himself.

Wading into welfare versus freebie culture, Patra said that welfare is aimed at targeted people to ensure they become independent after a period of time, whereas freebies are distributed free of cost to everyone to promote one leader or party.

He said that the Modi government’s Garib Kalyan Yojana was aimed at supporting people who were hit hard by the global pandemic of COVID-19; on the contrary, Arvind Kejriwal’s schemes are not targeted for the welfare of the people.

In 2015, Arvind Kejriwal’s government started Kaushal Vikas Guarantee Yojana with the aim of providing 10 lakh collateral-free loans for higher education. Patra said, “In 2021-22, 89 students applied under the scheme, but only two students got the loan. And the government has spent ₹19 crore and ₹47 lakh on advertisements for this scheme. Similarly, for a chemical which Kejriwal had claimed would end pollution in Delhi, ₹24 crore was spent on the advertisement while the actual cost of the chemical was only ₹60 lakh.”

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