February 3, 2023

PM Modi in Bihar: What can people expect from ‘yuvraaj’ of ‘jungle raj’

Stressing that the NDA is committed for the development of the state, Modi in Darbangha said that voters need to be careful of “those greedily eyeing funds meant for state’s welfare.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the second leg of his campaign for Bihar assembly elections and attacked RJD leader and Mahagathbandhan chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav by calling him the “yuvraaj” (crown prince) of “jungle raj”. Asking voters to beware of those responsible for ‘jungle raj’ in the state, PM Modi said, “Bihar will face a double whammy if proponents of ‘jungle raj’ return to power during the pandemic. You can imagine what will happen to the funds for covid-19 if they come to power…”

The prime minister who addressed three rallies today in Bihar — Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Patna — alleged that the RJD had the
“copyright over kidnappings”. Stressing that the NDA is committed for the development of the state, Modi said that voters need to be careful of “those greedily eyeing funds meant for state’s welfare.”

The prime minister, who shared the stage with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, lavished praise on the latter, calling him the “bhaavi mukhyamantri” (prospective CM) and crediting him with Bihar’s economic turnaround.

“The people of Bihar have made up their mind to inflict yet another defeat on those responsible for the ‘jungle raj’ where crime graph had soared to an extent that living a normal life became difficult for the common people, our mothers and sisters. They committed financial irregularities in the name of waiving farm loans. They took bribes to give jobs. The NDA stands for development,” he added.

During the address in Darbangha, PM also invoked the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. “I am happy to be here, in the birthplace of Mother Sita. Construction of temple at Ayodhya has also begun. Those people (political opponents) who used to taunt us with the question what is the date (for the commencement of construction), have now been forced to clap in applause,” Modi told the rally.

He also made references to “paan” (betel leaves) and “makhaan” (fox nut) cultivated in the area in abundance. In a deft attempt at reaching out to the lower castes, Modi also paid tributes to Dalit icon Baba Chauharmal.

The prime minister also asked the voters to adhere to covid protocols while exercising their vote. In a tweet ahead of the first phase of polls this morning, PM had asked voters to maintain a safe distance during polling.

 

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