A day before the first phase of voting for Bihar elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday alleged the JDU-BJP government has deviated from its path and was “high on power and ego”, saying the time has come for ushering in a change in the state.
In a four-minute video shared on the Congress’ Twitter handle, Gandhi said the Nitish Kumar-led government is “neither saying good nor doing good” and labourers are helpless, farmers are upset and youth disappointed with it.
“Drunk on power and arrogance, the government in Bihar has deviated from its path. Their words and deeds are suspect. The labourers are helpless, the farmers are upset and the youth are disappointed. People are bearing the brunt of the fragile state of the economy.
“A serious crisis has befallen the farmers of India. The lives of Dalits and Mahadalits have been destroyed and similar is the fate of the backward sections of society,” she charged.
“The people of Bihar are with the Congress Mahagathbandhan and this is the call of Bihar,” she also said.
She alleged that the NDA governments in Delhi and Bihar have brought demonetisation, Covid-19 lockdown, economic shutdown which affected employments in the state. She also called upon people of the state to build a “new Bihar” for the next generation and crop.
“Time has come for ushering in change in the state,” she said, noting that governments cannot be formed on fear and crime.
In its manifesto, the Congress has promised to review the decision to ban the sale and consumption of liquor in the state, saying it has hurt the exchequer. The party, which is contesting polls with Left parties and RJD, has also promised Rs 1500 monthly allowance to the unemployed youth.
Voting for the first phase of Bihar assembly elections is tomorrow with 71 constituencies going to vote in six districts, including some of the Naxal-hit areas. The second and third phase of polling will be held on November 3 and November 7 and the counting on November 10.