BJP, the prime challenger to the incumbent Nitish Kumar dispensation, released its manifesto for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections on Thursday. The manifesto, called as the ‘Vision Document’ was released by Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley in Patna. The senior BJP leader claimed that if BJP-led NDA came to power, it will bring the state out of its “backwardness” and put it on the path of progress and development as had happened in Madhya Pradesh under the BJP rule.
Arun Jaitley also took on the JD(U)-RJD-Congress ‘Grand Alliance’, accusing them of running a “three-legged race”, adding that the rival coalition has nothing to offer to the public of Bihar but “anarchy” and “jungle raj”.
“Participants of the grand alliance are opportunists. Political consistency is not their virtue. There can be no other result but to push Bihar into anarchy in case they win,” the Union Finance minister said in Patna.
“We see such political inconsistency and such a contradictory alliance. A three-legged race cannot be run and even if it is run, it cannot be won,” he added talking about the differing thoughts and ideologies between the incumbent grand alliance comprising Congress party, RJD and JDU.
Criticising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Mr. Jaitley said that he had allied himself with the creators of “jungle raj”- the oft repeated term by once BJP-JD(U) alliance to take on the then RJD government in Bihar.
Turning his criticism on strongman Lalu Prasad over the latter attacking the BJP for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on the reservation issue, Arun Jaitley alleged “RJD knows it cannot win on the issue of development and that is why it is trying to divide society over other issues.”
Talking in detail about their manifesto – Vision Document for Bihar – the Union Finance minister said that the BJP was for ushering in development in the state through the creation of roads and infrastructure, agro-based industry and employment opportunities. Jaitley also stressed on Bihar’s rich human resources and agriculture to propel such progress.
“The Centre will always stand behind Bihar to help it. If a BJP-led government is formed in Bihar, which we hope will happen, Bihar will rewrite its history,” Mr. Jaitley told the press in Patna.
(With inputs from the PTI)