Up to date: October 18, 2020 2:54:08 pm
In an interview to The Indian Categorical, Bihar Water Useful resource Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha talks about how CM Nitish Kumar, following the lockdown announcement, helped avert an even bigger financial disaster in Bihar, and stresses that the ability mapping programme of the JD(U) authorities will create employment alternatives
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been on the helm for fifteen years now. The opposition says there may be anti-incumbency. Do you see it?
I don’t suppose so. (JD(U) chief and Bihar CM) Nitish Kumar has modified the narrative of Bihar politics… He raised expectation. Fifteen years is a very long time. Some folks might imagine that extra work might have been finished however what we’re seeing on the sphere is totally different. In the event that they suppose extra ought to be finished, in addition they imagine that solely Kumar can do it
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The JD(U) leaders, together with the CM, typically evaluate Bihar with what it was throughout (RJD chief) Lalu Prasad’s regime (1990-2005). Isn’t this an admission that the final 5 years haven’t been adequate?
We are saying this as a result of this was not a discipline the place you can come and begin batting. This was a gap. What had they (then RJD authorities) left within the state? Rampant corruption, a completed (failed) forms. The CPWD (Central Public Works Division), which makes buildings in Delhi, used to come back right here and construct roads. No contractor would come, no businessman was left. Day by day there was kidnapping. You need to see from the place Kumar began. Biharis was a laughing inventory. That was the Bihar Kumar inherited. In a caste-based society just like the one in Bihar, if he didn’t have dedication and dedication, we might not have the ability to construct the Bihari pleasure.
However hasn’t Kumar created sub-castes and a loyal vote base for himself?
He’s the primary CM within the nation to present 50 per cent reservation to girls in panchayats. Three elections have occurred. Discuss to the ladies mukhiyas and the zila parishads. There’s now a girls power in politics. No one had thought what does a lady in Bihar take into consideration politics. He created that narrative. That’s what Kumar is.
In the previous couple of months, the nation and Bihar has witnessed tough occasions. Migrants returned residence, there may be financial misery and the state additionally witnessed flood. Initially, Kumar had mentioned that migrants shouldn’t return. Was there anger in opposition to the federal government’s stand?
He by no means mentioned, ‘Don’t come again.’ He solely mentioned that the Centre has made tips that no motion ought to happen… When the pandemic hit, folks thought Bihar could be worst affected. They thought the migrants would return and unfold the virus of their villages, and the state might be affected. That narrative shouldn’t be spoken of anymore. The restoration price in Bihar is 94 per cent. Testing is among the many highest. The folks broke the chain by staying in quarantine centres.
However what concerning the financial misery?
Abhijit Banerjee (Nobel laureate for economics) mentioned if direct money was transferred to folks, and in the event that they spent that cash, the economic system will begin transferring. Kumar transferred Rs 2,000 crore into folks’s financial institution accounts in several kinds. Previous age pension of three months was paid prematurely, Rs 1,000 was given to every migrant and cash was allotted for scholarships for ladies. I’m not saying that the issue was solved. However he was conscious that solely when he offers the cash, the economic system will begin transferring. Bihar did this within the first few months. Sure, there may be financial misery however the whole nation is going through it.
You’re in alliance with the BJP, and it was the Prime Minister who out of the blue introduced the lockdown. Will that harm your alliance?
That’s not a difficulty within the election. Migrants returned and Rs 5,300 was spent on each one who got here again and stayed in quarantine centres.
So, has the anger efficiently subsided?
Sure, the anger has subsided. We by no means had carried out ability mapping earlier than. So, we now have information of all of the individuals who stayed in quarantine centres. In locations like Bettiah (in Champaran district), Supaul, Purnea, Darbhanga, individuals are making masks with Mithila work and promoting them on Amazon and Flipkart… I’ve been advised that in Bettiah, folks (who’ve returned) from Surat and Jaipur have joined the textile work. They advised me they didn’t need to return. The native administration helped and (manufacturing facility) homeowners now have put up machines. What I’m saying is that they’re now utilising their expertise right here too.
Quite a lot of migrants, who have been going through financial difficulties, have now returned from the place they got here. If their earnings fell, will they nonetheless vote for the federal government?
Financial misery is a pan-India drawback. I cannot say that it doesn’t have an effect. However largely, the dealing with of Covid-19 in Bihar, if analysed, was finished properly. About 22 lakh migrants got Rs 1,000 every. Folks belief that when the CM talks about skilling, it should occur. In Delhi, I’ve visited locations like Sangam Vihar and Badarpur. Even there, the difficulty is of ingesting water and roads. However can the opposition right here in Bihar combat the elections on rasta (roads), bijli (electrical energy), paani (ingesting water)? These are the important thing points in India. We’ve labored on these.
Who’s your opposition on this election? The LJP is preventing the polls by itself. The BJP is seen propping them up in some quarters to push the JD(U) down. On the bottom, is it an issue that get together cadres will not be working collectively?
Barring a number of years, the BJP-JD(U) alliance has been there since 1996. The cadre, leaders and staff know one another very properly. Whether or not it the Prime Minister, or Amit Shah (Union Residence Minister), or the BJP get together president (J P Nadda), they’ve all mentioned that Nitish Kumar will lead the election marketing campaign. Seat distribution is already accomplished and VIP (Vikassheel Insaan Get together) and HAM (Hindustani Awam Morcha, led by former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi) are our allies. The folks of Bihar will give a decisive mandate… The opposition shouldn’t be critical.
What about (RJD chief) Tejashwi Yadav?
He was not there through the floods or when there was an sickness (acute encephalitis syndrome outbreak in 2019) in Muzaffarpur. When the state faces main points, he’s by no means there. That one of many brothers (Tej Pratap Yadav, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s eldest son) has needed to change constituency exhibits that even their core vote is shifting.
Is the LJP’s motion bothering the JD(U)? Which method is the Paswan votes going?
I don’t need to speak about caste. However I feel folks in Bihar vote a method. Even in 2010 (Meeting polls), we (the JD(U) and BJP) fought the election collectively and gained 206 seats out of 243. That result’s a matter of file.
So that you suppose that the NDA’s lead on this election is so intensive that it shadows the anti-incumbency issue and financial misery confronted by the state?
CM Kumar has made folks’s expectations skyrocket, which in a method is excellent. He promised 7 Nischay in 2015. He promised to affect each family. Has it occurred or not? He promised piped water to each family. Whereas 83 per cent (of the work) has been accomplished, the remainder received delayed resulting from Covid-19. One other month and that may occur too. If Kumar has delivered no matter he has promised, folks will have the ability to see it. I can say that folks’s belief in Nitish Kumar is undamaged.
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