Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday asserted that the BJP will be restricted to under 100 seats if all the opposition parties, including the Congress, fight the 2024 Lok Sabha polls unitedly.
Addressing a Mahagathbandhan rally in Purnea, the JD(U) chief said the Congress will have to take a quick decision in this regard.
“If all the opposition parties, including the Congress, come together and fight the 2024 Lok Sabha polls unitedly, the BJP will be restricted to under 100 seats,” he said.
“But the Congress will have to take a quick decision in this regard. If you (Congress) accept my suggestion, we can restrict the BJP to under 100 seats. If you don’t, you know what will happen,” Kumar said.
The chief minister claimed his only goal was to work for unifying the opposition to unseat the BJP from power.
“I will keep trying to make it a reality. The BJP needs to be wiped out from the entire country,” he added.
Accusing the BJP of conspiring to “break the country” by dividing people on religious lines, Kumar said, “They are desperate to rewrite history. People know what they did during the freedom struggle. None of us should forget.”
In an apparent dig at the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM, he claimed it was an agent of the BJP that was trying to divide the minority votes in the Seemanchal region. “All of you should remain alert about such forces,” he said.
The chief minister alleged the BJP-led government at the Centre has done nothing for the country or Bihar, other than propaganda.
“What happened to the special status for Bihar? The Center is against the economically weaker sections of the society and that is the reason they were not in favour of the caste-based Census,” he alleged.
“They (BJP) will get to know the reality when elections are held for Lok Sabha in 2024, and in Bihar in 2025,” he added.
Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav alleged that through communal hatred the BJP was trying to divert people’s attention from issues such as price rises. He also thanked Kumar for breaking the alliance with the BJP.
Yadav claimed that Bihar got a “zero” in the Union Budget, while all developmental works were being done in “Gujarat only”.
Dismissing allegations that “jungle raj” has returned to Bihar with the RJD, he said “it is ‘janta raj’ that is underway in the state”.
CPIML(L) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya alleged the BJP was destroying the democratic institutions of the country.
“The BJP’s misrule has plunged the country into a deep crisis. The time has come to fight the fascist forces that are trying to disrupt social harmony and integrity of the country by instigating communal passion,” he said.
BJP has closed its door for Nitish: Shah
PATNA, FEB 25 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday asserted that BJP has shut its door forever for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
“Kumar is a person who dreams about the prime minister’s chair every three years and resorts to ‘paltimar’ tactics. He did the same in August last year and went to those whom our NDA was opposed to right from the start. We have now decided never to open our doors for Nitish Kumar in BJP,” Shah said while addressing the media persons in Loharia village of West Champaran district.
“During the 2020 Assembly elections, the people of the state had made BJP a single largest party in the state. But we honoured our promise and gave the chief minister’s chair to Nitish Kumar but he has the habit of changing the goal post,” Shah said. Nitish Kumar, always vocal against Jungle Raj, is now sitting in the lap of its progenitor.
BJP will form a full majority government in Bihar in 2025 and the process will start in 2024. I urge the people of the state to bring in BJP and throw out those who brought Jungle Raj,” Shah said.
“Nitish Kumar promised Lalu Yadav to make his son Tejashwi Yadav the chief minister but is not specifying the date. If he has promised it, then he should reveal the date of offering the CM post to Tejashwi. RJD leaders are demanding every day. If Tejashwi Yadav becomes the chief minister, there would be complete Jungle Raj,” Shah said.