One of the recent rallies of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar witnessed chaos as incidents of stone pelting were reported. Speaking in this context, the Janata Dal (United) held the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) responsible for the commotion. BJP counted the allegation saying, “Nitish’s days are over.”

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi appealed the people not to resort to stone pelting and make Nitish bite the dust though ballots.

It won’t be wrong to say that all these exercises are a part of last-minute arrangement to charge-up the voters and ‘scripting’ fights and tension during rallies are nothing but an avenue to look for attempts to polarize votes.  

Besides, a BJP leader from Gopalganj, who was recently shot-at by some assailants, is also another move towards polarization of votes.

Even today, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi talks on the issue of caste and creed during his rallies in Bihar. Addressing gatherings, he spoke on the controversial issue of beef-consumption, which has been one of the key poll agendas of the saffron party.

In an attempt to polarize the voters of Yadav community, the Gujarat Chief Minister said that both Yadavs - Lalu and Mulayam are with Congress – that very party which believes that minting money by promoting and expanding the business of selling animal meat.

If that was not enough, Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is known for his slapstick tone, retorted by saying, “My dear Rajput friends, BJP is against you. I don’t need to provide any illustration to prove my point. You saw what happened with Jaswant Singh.”

Co-incidentally, Jaswant, who was recently expelled from BJP for voicing dissent, happens to be from Rajput community and this made Lalu stress on this particular point to polarize Rajput voters.

The way caste and creed are used as ‘chargers’ prior to elections is nothing new and this has been since a long time.

On the other hand, Nitish Kumar has once again dug the skeletons of hotly-debated Ishrat Jahan fake counter case. The Bihar Chief Minister took to Facebook to express his views on the controversial issue and said, “Encounter based system exists in Gujarat and if this goes on to become the national policy, anyone can be killed anywhere in the name of terrorist.”

JPN/Bureau

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