Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led party, JD(U) has started its virtual rally on September 7 for upcoming Bihar polls slated for October-November. The rally, which began at 11.30 am, was originally planned for September 6, but it was postponed by a day due to a week-long national mourning following the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee.
The Election Commission is likely to announce the schedule for the Bihar polls sometime this month.
In the ongoing virtual rally, JD(U) said that the commitment of social upliftment with inclusive development has been fulfilled by the Bihar government. The changes in Bihar are visible with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s welfare decisions. Smiles are seen on the faces of the people of the state.
Taking a dig at Lalu Prasad headed Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), the party said that people join politics and become ministers without having an educational background. Previous governments in the state made budgets worth Rs 22-23,000 crore but indulged in corruption. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was also held in the fodder scam case.
Coronavirus in Bihar:
Speaking about the given coronavirus situation and people’s outrage on failed healthcare facilities in the state, CM Kumar said, “Bihar government has taken care of the situation arisen during the Covid-19 lockdown in the state. The government worked towards protecting the people of the state amid the pandemic. In March, we had decided to conduct 20,000 tests every day and today, the state government is testing over 1,50,000 samples per day.”
During monsoon, almost half of Bihar drowned, and more than lakhs are still affected by the floods. “Over 83 lakh people across 16 districts in the state suffered due to floods. Farmers suffered huge losses in February, March, and April. Over 5 lakh people were evacuated to shelter homes and public kitchens were made to support and feed them. The situation is improving now”, said CM Nitish Kumar.
“With a crime rate at an average of 222.1 per lakh population, Bihar ranks 23rd in the country in incidents of crime. The national average is above 300 per lakh population” said CM speaking about the crime rate.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in his speech said that 12.5% of the population was not part of the schooling system. “Since coming to power, we have constructed several schools… All this was done through the Education Committees…For the girl students, we started the ‘Cycle Yojana’…. It lifted the morale of so many…,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Tug-of-war between to major Nationa Democratic Alliance (NDA) is heating up in Bihar. With the Bihar assembly election, 2020 announcement round the corner Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Chirag Paswan has written to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The LJP will hold a meeting of its Bihar leaders at 2 pm today to decide whether to fight against the JD(U) in the upcoming state assembly. The LJP and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-headed JD(U) have been sniping at each other for months.