Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, who is the the chief ministerial candidate of the opposition Mahagathbandhan, said that unemployment is the biggest issue for the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar and targeted chief minister Nitish Kumar for failing to get the special status for the state saying “US president Donald Trump will not help to get it”.
“Nitish Kumar has been governing the state for 15 years but the state has not got the special category status yet. US President Donald Trump will not come and give that,” he said while launching the Mahagathbandhan manifesto for the elections, Hindustan Times reported.
Yadav accused prime minister Narendra Modi of failing to keep his promise of reviving the mills in the state. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in 2015 said that he will sip tea with sugar produced at Motiari’s sugar mill,” he said. “But mills in Bihar, be it sugar mills, jute mills, papermills or rice mills, are all shut. No one is coming to the state to set up food processing units,” he said, according to Hindustan Times.
Alleging that the law and order situation in the state has deteriorated under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, he said there has been a surge in the crime rate in Bihar. He also accused the state government of perpetrating at least 60 scams.
He said the biggest issue ahead of the elections is unemployment. “People are angry as many have lost their jobs and many businesses have been forced to shut,” he said.
Yadav has said the if his party was voted to power, his first decision as chief minister would be sign on a order that will be 10 lakh jobs available. “I am a pure Bihari. My DNA is pure. As I have announced that if we come to power, we will give jobs to 10 lakh youth in the first cabinet,” he said during the manifesto release, Hindustan Times reported.
Yadav said the central government failed to help Bihar during floods.