Lok Janshakti party chief Chirag Paswan has kickstarted his Bihar election campaign by releasing the party’s manifesto on Wednesday. Taking a jibe at Nitish Kumar, Paswan said with the release of the party’s manifesto, he puts forward his vision of Bihar First Bihari First which will resolve many problems that the people of Bihar has been facing.
The poll promises in LJP’s manifesto includes building a web portal where job seekers and employers can connect directly, setting up canals for connecting all rivers to prevent floods and drought, building separate toilets for women all block headquarters, markets and gram panchayat headquarters.
The key takeaways in the manifesto are implementation of the Denmark model in Bihar for boosting its dairy industry and setting up of food processing units. The manifesto includes promoting spiritual tourism in Sitamarhi on the lines of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. Developing medical and engineering institutions in the state prevent the youth from going out for higher studies also finds mention in the manifesto.
Chirag Paswan’s LJP is contesting on 143 seats in the upcoming elections. Even though the party is still a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), it is contesting solo due to differences with the ruling party and the state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
All top leaders of Bihar including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav gathered at Paswan’s residence to attend a ceremony held for former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sat with his biggest critics, Chirag Paswan and Tejashwi Yadav which is a rare site. This was the first time the Chief Minister was seen speaking to the Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan. A video of Nitish Kumar, Chirag Paswan and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav sitting together was widely shared on social media.
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, a long-time political associate of Nitish Kumar and a key BJP ally, died on October 8 at the age of 74 in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he had been admitted for several days. A massive crowd had gathered in Patna’s Janardhan Ghat to pay tributes to the veteran political figure.