PATNA: With barely three days left for the electioneering for byelection to one Lok Sabha and five assembly seats to come to an end, prominent leaders of the NDA, including CM Nitish Kumar , deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan hit the campaign trail on Thursday.
The three addressed election meetings in Samastipur and Siwan to woo the electorate in favour of the NDA candidates. They sought voters’ blessing for Prince Raj, the LJP nominee from Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency and Ajay Singh of JD(U) from Daraudha assembly seat in Siwan district.
While addressing a public meeting at Shivajinagar in Samastipur, Nitish said the NDA was intact and there was no misnomer about the alliance in the state. “While PM Narendra Modiji is working for the country’s all-round development at the Centre, we are making efforts to usher in development in the state,” the CM said.
Nitish said development works were being undertaken in such a way in the state that nobody or section of society felt ignored. “Hum log kaam samaj ke har tabke ke logon ke liye kiye kar rahe hain (We are working for development of all sections of society),” he added.
Nitish said the NDA government in Bihar was committed to making the state a developed one and different schemes have been taken up for the purpose. He appealed to the voters to cast their votes in favour of Prince Raj.
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said ‘Modi lahar’ (Modi wave), which swept the country during the Lok Sabha election, was felt in byelection in the state even after four months. He appealed to electorate to exercise their franchise with same fervour and enthusiasm as they did during the general election.
“If you want to strengthen the hands of both Modiji at the Centre and Nitishji in the state, vote for Prince Raj, who has been fielded from Samastipur. The seat fell vacant after sitting MP Ram Chandra Paswan’s sudden demise in New Delhi. So, don’t give any chance to others to stall the development works,” the deputy CM said.
Paswan highlighted the development works undertaken during the NDA regime both at the Centre and in the state. He said that the NDA would contest the 2020 state assembly election under CM Nitish Kumar’s leadership.
In Siwan also, the three top NDA leaders appealed to people to support Ajay Singh, who is contesting on a JD(U) ticket from Daraudha assembly seat, which fell vacant after Ajay’s wife Kavita Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha. The deputy CM asked the BJP Siwan unit president, Vyas Singh, who is contesting as independent, to support JD(U) nominee.
Senior BJP leader and Union home minister Nityanand Rai had earlier claimed in Samastipur that NDA would win bypolls in all the five assembly seats and one Lok Sabha constituency in the state. Voting will take place on October 21, while counting will be held on October 24. The election campaign will come to an end at 5pm on October 19.
While JD(U) has fielded its candidates on four out of five assembly seats — Nathnagar, Belhar, Simri Bakhtiarpur and Daraundha — BJP nominee is in the fray from Kishanganj assembly constituency.