Patna: Afraid to contract Coronavirus but itching to organize rallies and yatras, politicians in Bihar are coming up with novel ideas to maintain their political relevance in the run up of the upcoming Assembly elections.
On Monday, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav announced his decision to take out a 'virtual' rally on June 9 called 'Mazdoor Adhikar Diwas' during which all RJD supporters will stand at their house doors and beat metal utensils 'to wake up the Nitish government from the deep slumber'.
"Those who don't have metal vessels will show their anger towards the NDA government by waving leaves of banana tree," he said.
The statewide 'rally' beginning at 10:00 am would be shown on giant monitors through webcams and drones deployed in many regions.
Speaking at a press conference in Patna, Yadav, who has emerged as the de facto leader of the party after the incarceration of his father and party President Lalu Prasad Yadav, said that while the entire nation is reeling under the deadly effects of Coronavirus, the NDA was concerned about the upcoming elections in Bihar.
"BJP president Amit Shah has announced that he will also hold a 'digital rally' in Bihar to drum up support for the coming elections later this year but his rally will, in fact, be a celebration of the deaths of people due to Coronavirus and the displacement of millions of migrant workers who were forgotten and abandoned by the Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar governments," the RJD leader, who is hoping to replace Nitish as the next Chief Minister of Bihar, said.
Yadav took Kumar to task on the COVID-19 issue saying the Chief Minister had promised to make 100 ventilators available but failed to do so. He also asked Kumar to explain how much financial help he received from the Center to combat the effect of Coronavirus in Bihar.
"Those who used to accuse the RJD for being responsible for Biharis to go to other states for employment are now unable to handle their return to the state. Scorpions are being found in quarantine centers and women are being raped in the isolation wards," the RJD leader said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS