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Bihar polls: Jungle raj allies against 'Jai Shri Ram' chants, says PM Modi

Over 53% turnout in Phase 2 in Bihar

Bihar Elections  | Narendra Modi | Tejashwi Yadav

Press Trust of India  |  Forbesganj/Saharsa 

Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after casting his vote during the second phase of the Assembly polls, in Patna on Tuesday

In a veiled attack at the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Prime Minister on Tuesday said the “friends of jungle raj” were against the people of Bihar chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Jai Shri Ram”. He also mocked the Congress for its shrinking numbers in the two Houses of Parliament which have dropped below 100, claiming people were punishing the party for its false promises of poverty eradication and farm loan waiver.

Mounting an unsparing assault on the RJD-Congress alliance in Bihar on the last day of his campaign blitzkrieg to power the NDA to a fourth straight term in office, Modi reminded the people of the “jungle raj” the two parties presided over when rampant booth capturing robbed the poor of their right to vote.

Under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, he asserted, the state had left behind the “darkness of insecurity and anarchy”.

Modi said the Congress' “false promises” of poverty eradication, farm loan waiver and one rank-one pension for retired servicemen had left people angry.

Tejashwi Yadav

after casting his vote during the second phase of the Assembly polls, in Patna on Tuesday


“Now, whenever people get an opportunity, they punish the Congress. Public anger has reduced the party to such a sorry state that it has been left with less than 100 MPs in both Houses of Parliament together,” he said, while addressing an election meeting in Forbesganj town of Araria district. The BJP won nine of the 11 Rajya Sabha seats, results of which were declared on Monday, taking its tally up to 92 in the Upper House and bringing down the Congress’ to 38. It’s for the first time that the Congress has just 89 lawmakers in Parliament.

Addressing the rally when the second phase of the Assembly polls were under way, the prime minister said the voting trend suggested people had rejected the “double yuvraj (two crown princes)”, an expression he has coined for Congress leader and RJD’s

Modi also said the “friends” of the votaries of “jungle raj” don’t want the people of Bihar to chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Jai Shri Ram”. “We have in front of us people who start running temperature at hearing these chants. The friends of jungle raj don’t want people of this land who worship ‘chhathi maiya’ to hail ‘Bharat Mata’ or chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. If they are uncomfortable with those who chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Bihar is also uncomfortable with them,” he told another rally in Saharsa.

He was apparently responding to the RJD’s ally Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, who recently told an election rally that he goes insane (“dimaag kharab ho jata hai”) when he hears ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Katihar, Purnea and Kishanganj districts adjoining Saharsa have substantial Muslim population.

66.28% polling in MP by-elections

Amid reports of violence at a few places, an estimated 66.28 per cent voter turnout was recorded until 6 pm on Tuesday in the crucial by-to 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, an official said.

One person was injured in stray incidents of violence, police said.

The average voting percentage in the 2018 Assembly polls in these 28 constituencies, most of them in the Gwalior-Chambal region, was 72.93, the official said.

A total of 355 candidates, including 12 ministers, were in the fray in these bypolls.

As the voting progressed, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached the BJP office in Bhopal in the afternoon and held discussions with party leaders. Former chief minister Kamal Nath and other senior Congress leaders, including Digvijaya Singh, monitored the polling from a control room set up at the state party office in Bhopal.

By-were also held in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Gujarat. Also these states, but Haryana, reported over 50 per cent turnout, with Nagaland and Chhattisgarh witnessing 87.1 per cent and 77 per cent polling, respectively.PTI

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First Published: Wed, November 04 2020. 00:40 IST