Taking a swipe at the Centre, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav said on Saturday that US president Donald Trump will not come to Bihar and accord it the special category status.
Speaking at the launch of the grand alliance’s manifesto for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections slated for late October and November, Yadav said that the state has a double engine government but it has not benefitted the people. “Nitish Kumar has been governing the state for the last 15 years but the state has not been accorded the special category status yet. US President Donald Trump will not come and accord that,” he added.
The RJD leader then pointed out to the unfulfilled promises which were made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the campaigning for the last assembly polls and listed what he said were the state government’s failures.
Pointing towards the closure of mills in the state, the RJD leader said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 said that he will sip a cup of tea at Motiari’s Sugar mill. But you can see that in Bihar: sugar mills, jute mills, papermills, rice mills are shut. No food processing units have been established.”
He also claimed that at least 60 scams took place during the NDA government in Bihar under the leadership of chief minister and Janata Dal(United) leader Nitish Kumar. “Crime has increased in the state. JD(U) and BJP have stabbed Bihar in the back,” he added.
Talking about the state of employment in Bihar, Yadav said, “The most important factor in this election is unemployment. People are so angry with the present government. Many people lost their jobs and businesses too were destroyed. The government is not looking into it. The central government did not visit 18 flood districts to estimate the loss. They are hungry for power”.
The RJD leader has promised jobs to 10 lakh youth if their grand alliance comes to power. He said that forms for government jobs will be made free of cost and the government will bear the travel expenses of the candidates going to the exam centres. He added that Karupuri Shram Vir Sahayata Kendra will also be opened across the state to the help who need assistance. “I am a pure Bihari. My DNA is pure. As I have announced that if we come to power, we will give jobs to 10 lakh youth in the first cabinet,” he said during the manifesto release.
He has promised to allocate 12% of the budget to education, adding that there will be one teacher for every 30 students in primary schools and one teacher for 35 students in secondary schools. Teachers for extracurricular activities like art, computer and sports will also be appointed. Under the ‘Smart Gram Yojana’, a clinic with a doctor and nurse will be established in every panchayat, according to the manifesto.
Congress leaders Randeep Surejwala and Shaktisinh Gohil were also present at the launch of the alliance’s common minimum programme document called the Prann Hamara, Sankalp Badlav Ka.
The 243-seat state assembly goes to polls in three phases starting on October 28. The results will be declared on November 10.
(With agency inputs)