Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi finished addressing the first of his four back-to-back rallies in Bihar on Sunday, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav and Congress’ Randeep Singh Surjewala slammed PM Modi for his double-engine government remark made at Chhapra.
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala took to Twitter and said that PM Modi had said Nitish Kumar had an 18th-century mindset back in 2015. It is surprising that today PM Modi referred to the Kumar-led NDA government in the state as double engine. Surjewala added that the Bihar government should be referred to as a government of double deception. Referring to BJP-JD(U) alliance, Surjewala said, on one hand, there is a jumlebaaz and one the other, a leader who deceives. Bihar voters will give fair treatment to both, he said.
RJD leader and Grand Alliance’s chief ministerial candidate, Tejashwi Yadav also slammed PM Modi over his remark. Yadav said PM Modi did not explain as to why the unemployment rate in the state is at 46.6 per cent despite the double engine government. He added, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, Bihar still leads in the crime rate. As per NITI Aayog, the state still lags behind in terms of health and education. Yadav had made similar allegations in a series of questions he shared on social media on Sunday morning, ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to Bihar.
PM Modi started his election campaign in Chhapra on Sunday. At the rally, he labelled Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav as Yuvraj or crown princes. What happened to double yuvraj in Uttar Pradesh 3-4 years ago (referring to Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav) will repeat in Bihar, PM Modi said while referring to Tejashwi Yadav and his Grand Alliance with the Congress and the Left parties.
Today is the final day for the campaigning for the second phase of the Bihar elections. Voting will take place in 94 of 243 assembly constituencies in Bihar on Tuesday (November 3) in the second phase of polling, the final phase of voting will take place on Saturday (November 7), and the results will be announced on November 10.