Updated 28th October 2020 | 11:26 IST
Rallying Within Norms
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message of caution during the festive season seems to possess poured water over the BJP’s grand rally plans in poll-bound Bihar. With the huge crowd in Tejashwi Yadav’s rallies becoming a point, the NDA had taken permission for huge rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur on Friday. However, following the Prime Minister’s message to the state on Tuesday, reminding people about the necessity for physical distancing and other Covid-related protocols, the organisers had to issue new guidelines. the gang strength has now been reduced to five,000-6,000 and other people won’t be allowed to face at the venues. The central BJP, it’s learnt, has given strict instructions that enormous crowds without physical distancing would “annoy” the Prime Minister.
Heat On Cooling Off
Former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey had caused a flutter a month ago together with his decision to go away the IPS and join the JD(U) just before the Assembly elections. Although the move didn’t compute for Pandey, as he didn’t get a ticket to contest elections, the committee is learnt to possess taken note of the event. The poll watchdog may revive its proposal on the cooling-off period for civil servants keen on joining politics. This proposal was first made by the Commission in 2012, but it didn’t evoke a positive response from the govt then. At that point, the EC wanted a two-year cooling-off period. It’s likely that the poll panel may write to the govt again on the difficulty.
When the Congress released its manifesto for Bihar elections on Wednesday, the party’s state unit chief, Madan Mohan Jha, was missing. Also absent was CLP leader Sadanand Singh. It clothed that Jha, who is contesting the MLC election from Darbhanga teachers’ constituency, that voting happened on Thursday, was busy in some last-minute canvassing of votes. Singh’s son Shubhanand Mukesh is that the Congress candidate from his seat, Kahalgaon, and he was busy campaigning there. Singh isn’t contesting this point and therefore the party has fielded his son.
Vocal on Local
In his election rallies in Bihar, BJP president J P Nadda doesn’t forget to offer a private touch — he reminds the gang that he was born in Patna, how he had walked through some particular streets, his student days, etc. Nadda’s speeches have another element in common — the Narendra Modi government’s schemes and programmes within the health sector. While pertaining to it, he brings within the point that when he was the Union Health Minister, Modi had asked him to pay “special attention” to Patna, which he himself took the initiative in improving health facilities within the capital. He also doesn’t forget to say how cooperative CM Nitish Kumar has been in his attempts to create a super-specialty hospital in Patna. Not one speech misses these points.
CM promises and a witty Lalu
The four chief ministerial candidates within the fray — Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Upendra Kushwaha and Pappu Yadav — are all making tall promises to urge votes.
While Nitish Kumar has been promising irrigation facility in every field, Tejashwi has been talking of a loan waiver to farmers and 10 lakh permanent jobs. Jan Adhikar Party chief Rajesh Ranjan a.k.a Pappu Yadav has been claiming that he would make Bihar one among the highest states in Asia, while Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha has been talking about overhauling the education system.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad, though incarcerated in Ranchi, added flavour to the talk by taking to Twitter (his handle is being managed by the party in consultation with him) to advise “a tired Nitish to require rest”. Lalu Prasad also shared a joke a few man who when asked whether he was carrying a bucket of water to extinguish some fire in Bihar replied, “I am is carrying it to form an ocean in Bihar in order that there are often a coastline and a port within the state for progress.”
The laugh line being the impossibility of the guarantees by ‘Vikas Purush’ Nitish, who has been comparing his “15 years rule versus 15 years misrule” of the Lalu government.
LJP’s subtle Modi campaign
LJP nominees taking over JD (U) candidates have found how bent indirectly convey its proximity to BJP to voters after the saffron party objected to the utilization of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poster or name by any non-NDA political parties.
Some LJP candidates including its Amarpur (Banka) candidate Mrinal Shekhar have switched to using the slogan “Jhopdi me kamal khilayenge (we want lotus to bloom in the hut)”. While hut is that the election symbol of LJP, the lotus is the symbol of BJP. LJP president Chirag Paswan, who will start campaigning from October 21 onwards, had anyway taken a politician stand of “forming a BJP-led LJP” government.
Chirag also continues to require digs at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar saying it’s the CM who needs the PM’s posters and for LJP, PM is within the heart of each LJP worker.