Published On: Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020

BJP, JD-U, LJP to jointly contest Bihar polls: JP Nadda

New Delhi: Putting all speculation to rest, BJP President JP Nadda announced on Sunday that the BJP will contest the Bihar Assembly election along with the JD-U and LJP – two of its allies who have been publicly making statements against each other.

The opposition in Bihar and other places is a dying force

“Whenever BJP, JD-U and Lok Janshakti Party have come together, the NDA has won in Bihar. This time too, BJP, JD-U and Lok Janshakti Party will jointly contest elections and emerge victorious,” said Nadda. He was addressing the Bihar BJP state ‘Karyasamiti’ via video conferencing.

Nadda added, “The opposition in Bihar and other places is a dying force. They have no idea, no vision, nor any resolve to serve the people. They cannot rise above politics. People of Bihar have faith in BJP and NDA.” He told the state leadership that the BJP has to focus on each booth and make necessary strategies while working on it.

Nadda linked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Vocal for Local’ with Bihar’s Makhana or Madhubani paintings to drive home a point. “The Prime Minister has spoken about ‘Vocal for Local’. In Bihar, we have to take forward the Makhana industry, Madhubani paintings, Bhagalpur’s silk industry. Be it lychee of Muzaffarpur or honey of Madhubani – we all have to pursue it under Self-reliant India,” Nadda said.

He also listed the efforts of the Centre like Kisan Credit Card and financial assistance to the MSME sector, hinting what the state unit will have to advertise in the forthcoming election campaign. He also called upon the state leadership to “understand” the newly-announced National Education Policy.

Bihar will be the first Assembly election of an entire state that will take place ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit India. Nadda told the state leadership that Bihar had a good track record in dealing with coronavirus.

“Bihar’s recovery rate today is 73.48 per cent. 10 crore door-to-door screenings have been done in Bihar. Today, 1 lakh tests are being done in the state up from 35,000. I congratulate the government of Bihar for this,” he said.

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