Ahead of the third and final phase of voting in Bihar assembly elections, a war of words has erupted between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally BJP’s star campaigner Yogi Adityanath over “throwing out infiltrators”.
Nitish slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath for his ‘nonsense’ talk. “Who does all this malicious campaigning? Who says all this faltu baat (nonsense)? Who will throw out people? No one dares to do that. Everyone belongs to this country, everyone is Indian,” he said at a public meeting.
“Who talks like this? Our effort is to work for harmony, unity and brotherhood so there can be progress. And these people only want to create divides; they have no other work,” he added.
The Janata Dal (United) leader also tweeted, “It is our duty and in our culture to take everyone along. Bihar will progress only then.”
सब को साथ ले कर चलना ही हमारा धर्म है। यही हमारी संस्कृति है। सब साथ चलेंगे तो बिहार आगे बढ़ेगा। pic.twitter.com/uEfnVJPiay
— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) November 4, 2020
“Modiji has found a solution for the infiltration issue… With the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), he ensured the safety of the tortured minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The centre also said any infiltrator who tries to breach the security of the country will be thrown out. We will not tolerate anyone who messes with the country’s security and sovereignty,” Adityanath had said at a rally in Kathihar.
लोकतंत्र के महापर्व में आज कटिहार की सम्मानित जनता से संवाद रूपी सानिध्य प्राप्त हो रहा है… सुनिए मेरा संबोधन… https://t.co/JjDDMUd7rQ
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) November 4, 2020
There were nationwide protests over CAA after it was enacted in December 2019. The opposition parties alleged that the CAA and National Register for Citizens (NRC) is targeting the minorities in the country. Nitish had said NRC won’t be implemented in Bihar. “Why NRC? We won’t implement NRC in Bihar.”
The third and final phase of assembly elections in Bihar will be held on Saturday (November 7). The results will be declared on November 10.