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Bihar poll: JDU, RJD play the ‘dal card’ against BJP-led alliance

Now 'dal' prices haunt BJP alliance in Bihar

“We voted for Modi (in the 2014 Lok Sabha election) as he promised to check price rise,” said Ganesh Rai, who runs a construction business near Chitkohra.

“But he has failed to check the prices of food items. Dal is selling at Rs 200 a kilo. Who can afford it?”

It is an issue that affects not just the poor but the more vocal middle class too.

With hardly a week to go for the third round of the Bihar elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad have taken on the BJP on the issue.

Janata Dal-United (JDU) and RJD activists say they are playing the “dal card” against the BJP-led alliance in what is expected to be a tough contest for the 243-member Bihar assembly.

Sensing trouble, the BJP and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan-who is also the agriculture minister in the Modi government-and others in their camp on Tuesday began damage control by blaming the Bihar government for the state of affairs.

Paswan has been downplaying the issue of rising prices. At the same time, he has promised to provide cheaper dal if the BJP-led alliance wins in Bihar.

JD-U and RJD supporters gleefully recall the time when the zooming prices of onions caused electoral setbacks to the BJP in Rajasthan and Delhi in 1998.

Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar thunder at every election meeting that dal prices are shooting up because of the Modi government’s policies.

Lalu Prasad says this is how the poor have been deprived of pulses. “Modi has taken away the ‘dal’ in the poor man’s dal-roti.”

Nitish Kumar has hit back at Paswan after he blamed him for the rising dal prices in Bihar.

“If I am to blame, why is dal selling at Rs 200 a kilo in BJP-ruled states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan?” the JD-U leader keeps asking.

“We voted for Modi (in the 2014 Lok Sabha election) as he promised to check price rise,” said Ganesh Rai, who runs a construction business near Chitkohra.

“But he has failed to check the prices of food items. Dal is selling at Rs 200 a kilo. Who can afford it?”

It is an issue that affects not just the poor but the more vocal middle class too.

With hardly a week to go for the third round of the Bihar elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad have taken on the BJP on the issue.

Janata Dal-United (JDU) and RJD activists say they are playing the “dal card” against the BJP-led alliance in what is expected to be a tough contest for the 243-member Bihar assembly.

Sensing trouble, the BJP and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan-who is also the agriculture minister in the Modi government-and others in their camp on Tuesday began damage control by blaming the Bihar government for the state of affairs.

Paswan has been downplaying the issue of rising prices. At the same time, he has promised to provide cheaper dal if the BJP-led alliance wins in Bihar.

JD-U and RJD supporters gleefully recall the time when the zooming prices of onions caused electoral setbacks to the BJP in Rajasthan and Delhi in 1998.

Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar thunder at every election meeting that dal prices are shooting up because of the Modi government’s policies.

Lalu Prasad says this is how the poor have been deprived of pulses. “Modi has taken away the ‘dal’ in the poor man’s dal-roti.”

Nitish Kumar has hit back at Paswan after he blamed him for the rising dal prices in Bihar.

“If I am to blame, why is dal selling at Rs 200 a kilo in BJP-ruled states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan?” the JD-U leader keeps asking.

 
[“source -financialexpress”]

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