Bihar Assembly Elections: Ally Chirag Paswan echoes Tejashwi Yadav, questions CM Nitish Kumar over conduct of polls
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Echoing with opposition’s accusation on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for favouring elections despite the COVID-19 outbreak, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan, an ally of Nitish’s JDU, expressed worry about the conduct of elections and urged the Election Commission to consider the danger to the voters of the state.
Taking to Twitter, Chirag Paswan said that the EC should carefully think about endangering the lives of a large section of the population. He also said that due to the pandemic the polling percentage can also suffer, which will not be a good thing for the democracy.
"The Election Commission should think carefully and take a decision lest a large section of the population is endangered because of elections. Polling percentage in an election held in the middle of a pandemic can also plunge, which is not good for the democracy," tweeted Chirag Paswan, whose father Ram Vilas Paswan is a minister in the BJP-led government at the centre.
कोरोना के प्रकोप से बिहार ही नहीं पूरा देश प्रभावित है। कोरोना के कारण आम आदमी के साथ साथ केंद्र व बिहार सरकार का आर्थिक बजट भी प्रभावित हुआ है। ऐसे में चुनाव से प्रदेश पर अतिरिक्त आर्थिक बोझ पड़ेगा। संसदीय बोर्ड के सभी सदस्यों ने इस विषय पर चिंता जताई है।— युवा बिहारी चिराग पासवान (@iChiragPaswan) July 10, 2020
चुनाव आयोग @ECISVEEP को भी इस विषय पर सोच कर निर्णय लेना चाहिए कहीं ऐसा ना हो की चुनाव के कारण एक बड़ी आबादी को ख़तरे में झोंक दिया जाए। इस महामारी के बीच चुनाव होने पर पोलिंग पर्सेंटेज भी काफ़ी नीचे रह सकते है जो लोकतंत्र के लिए ठीक नहीं है।
July 10, 2020
Chirag’s comments came at a time when Tejashwi Yadav of RJD is continuously attacking the JDU government by saying that the state government is playing down the coronavirus situation in the state, just to conduct the election on time.
"The poor are dying. But instead of looking after them, these people are worried only about their chair," NDTV quoted RJD's Tejashwi Yadav as saying, who is also the leader of the opposition in the Bihar assembly.
"They are only worried about their seat. The BJP is doing their virtual rallies, the Chief Minister is doing his virtual rallies. But they are not standing with the poor people of Bihar. The poor are dying. There is devastation everywhere. But they are only worried about their kursi. They are preparing for the election," Yadav had said.
The tweet by Chirag Paswan again pointed towards the fissures in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state despite continuous efforts of BJP to unite the allies. Earlier, Chirag Paswan removed a leader from his party after he put up a statement that the NDA is united in Bihar.
Elections in Bihar are due in November, in which Nitish Kumar is seeking his fourth term as the chief minister of the state.
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