Voting for 243 assembly seats in Bihar is scheduled on October 28, November 3, and November 7, and results will be announced on November 10. The Congress and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) released their respective manifestos for the Bihar Assembly elections Wednesday. While the Congress manifesto focused on loan waivers for farmers and passing legislations to reject the farm laws passed by the Parliament, the LJP played its ‘Bihar first, Bihari first’ card by promising jobs to youth and increasing enterprises in the state.
Today, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) released their manifesto. BJP promised free coronavirus vaccine, 19 lakh jobs among other things in Bihar. Presenting the saffron party’s manifesto, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the party believes in “fulfilling poll promises.” “As soon as the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto,” she added. “Bihar’s growth will be an integral part of India’s growth,” she said, requesting voters to extend support to the NDA chief ministerial candidate Nitish Kumar.
Which party promised how many jobs?
Jobs have emerged as the centerpiece of the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 campaign.
The ruling BJP today promised 19 lakh jobs and free coronavirus vaccination for all in its manifesto for the Bihar election starting next week. The party also stressed that ally Nitish Kumar will be Chief Minister for the next five years.
BJP’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal said of the 19 lakh jobs listed in the manifesto, only four lakh – three lakh teachers and one lakh in the health sector – are in the government sector. The rest are linked to promises to make Bihar an “IT hub” and to create an agriculture hub in the state.
Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav promised 10 lakh jobs in the state. The promise of RJD’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav to create 10 lakh jobs for the people in his state if the party forms the government has given a much-needed impetus to the young gun’s prospects, managing to draw crowds in lakhs to the RJD’s election rallies.
The RJD leader was in Masaudhi, 30 km from Patna, on Wednesday to campaign for a fellow party candidate, and to his pleasant surprise, people turned out in hordes, so much so that at one point, the situation kind of got out of control even for the police. People were seen pushing the barricades and makeshift barriers to come closer to their leader.