BJP to make growth slump poll plank in Bihar

BJP to make growth slump poll plank in Bihar

With the JDU-RJD alliance likely to put up a formidable contest in the Assembly elections, the BJP is banking on declining growth rate, increasing crime during present JD-U regime and positioning itself as first claimant to anti-Congress politics in the state to romp home.

Top BJP strategists are likely to raise “unholy alliance” between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad during the campaign. Both Lalu and Nitish have built their individual political capital attacking each other and represented different spectrum of castes. People do not accept such large scale change and marriage between ideological opponents, argued a senior party leader.

He explained that with the JDU-RJD forging an alliance and also showing interest in having the Congress on their side, the regional parties have virtually given up their core socialist politics.

The party is arming itself with statistics to draw a comparison on how Bihar performed when the BJP and the JD-U ruled the state together for seven years and post split about three years back.

A top party leader said that the growth rate was 7 per cent when the JD-U-BJP coalition government ruled Bihar and it has dramatically come down since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked out of the NDA objecting to Narendra Modi’s projection as the prime ministerial candidate in the run up to the  2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Similarly, the law and order situation has worsened. The top brass says that the BJP has edge in the elections as it is for the first time contesting as the lead partner in the coalition. The Lok Jansatta Party, Rashtriya Lok Samata  and now the Hindustani Awam Morcha will assist the BJP in its attempt to achieve “Mission 185”.

BJP chief Amit Shah will be travelling to Patna on June 21 to participate in International Yoga Day and take stock of election preparations. Shah on Friday made Union Minister Ananth Kumar as election in-charge and his colleague in the government Dharmendra Pradhan as co-incharge of the Bihar elections.
 

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