Bihar outcome a referendum on hate politics: Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has termed the historic Bihar poll verdict as a referendum against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government as the BJP-led NDA stared at the face of defeat at the hands of the grand alliance. Kejriwal also called it a “slap” on the face of those ‘indulging in politics of hate and intolerance’ and described the outcome as a referendum on the Centre’s performance.
“The Bihar results are in a way a referendum (on Modi government). The way the Prime Minister was working with arrogance and pride and the manner in which the Modi-Amit Shah duo were functioning dictatorially, this poll result has broken the Centre’s arrogance,” said Kejriwal in his comment on the poll verdict. “The Bihar result is historic in many ways. It has shown that the people of the country do not want politics of hate. It’s a slap on the face of those indulging in politics of hate and if they resort to politics of hate, then they will be wiped out. I hope this atmosphere of intolerance will end. People want love and peace, not hate,” he added. The Delhi Chief Minister hoped that after these results, the Centre’s interference in Delhi and other states will end.
Taking a dig at Modi, he also said that perhaps the Prime Minister will henceforth focus more on governance and cancel his foreign trips.
Kejriwal emphasised that after this mandate, it is clear that the people want the Centre to run the states properly. “We hope that the Prime Minister will cancel his foreign trips and focus more on governance in the country,” he added.
Kejriwal, who had earlier extended his support to Nitish Kumar, hoped the money promised to Bihar under a package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore announced by Modi will be given to the state soon to ensure its speedy development. In another potshot, he also hoped that BJP MPs and MLAs from now on will be accorded due respect and given the opportunity to openly voice their opinion.
Kejriwal congratulated the JD(U) leader much ahead of any other politician for his “historic victory” as trends showed the grand alliance was surging ahead of the BJP-led NDA in Bihar, looking set to form its government with a clear two-thirds majority in the 243-member Bihar Assembly. “Many congratulations Nitishji on this historic victory,” he said on Twitter. Kejriwal had said that it was important that BJP lost the Assembly elections in Bihar so that it realises that “hate politics” will not work in the country. “Dal (pulses) prices have shot beyond Rs 200 per kg It is important that BJP lose Bihar so that they know that hate politics will not work in this country. People want love and peace, not hate,” he had said on Twitter. Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party was not directly involved in Bihar Assembly elections but he had extended his full support to Nitish Kumar much before the elections were announced. Nitish Kumar too had met Kejriwal in his office in Delhi secretariat two times before the elections and had sent his message in a seminar on state rights organised by Delhi government to consolidate opposition states against Central government on alleged undue interference in the states.
After Delhi, Bihar taught BJP a lesson: AAP
Expressing pleasure on the verdict of people of Bihar in the Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday said Bihar joined Delhi voters in teaching a lesson to the BJP for its politics of hatred.
“At a time when the country was facing an unprecedented attack on secular fabric of the country by elements encouraged by the RSS and the BJP, and tolerance in the society was touching the lowest ever level, entire nation was looking at Bihar for its strong political statement against the attempt to divide the society on religious lines,” said AAP in a press statement.
“BJP had made a similar attempt to polarise the society on religious lines before Delhi elections on which Delhi voters had handed out a humiliating defeat to the BJP and had made it clear that voters in India would not tolerate such cheap and dangerous electoral tactics,’’ added AAP. The party hopes that humiliating defeat in Bihar will force a rethink within the BJP and it would give up its politics of hatred and communal disharmony. “We hope that after today’s election results, the atmosphere in
country will improve. People of this country expect that at least after defeat in Bihar elections, the Modi-Shah duo will mend their ways and will allow the ministers of their own government to function and will stop humiliating behavior meted out to their own MPs, MLAs and ministers,” added the press statement.
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also congratulated Nitish Kumar and grand alliance for historic win in Bihar.