October 18, 2020 1:51:39 am
Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, the get together’s sole star campaigner from Maharashtra for the Bihar Assembly elections, speaks to Sandeep Ashar on how the reverse migration in the course of the lockdown, actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying and the Narendra Modi issue will play out within the polls.
Congress says the BJP is utilizing actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying for Bihar polls. Has the case had an impression on the bottom?
The actor’s dying case has nothing to do with politics or Bihar elections. Unfortunately, events try to take advantage of it for their very own causes. It is unsuitable. Prima facie it appears that evidently the actor died by suicide. Even the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS, New Delhi) panel has mentioned so. Nobody ought to make his dying part of electioneering. This is towards primary election ideas.
You had been your self vital of the best way the Mumbai police dealt with the case.
I nonetheless really feel that Mumbai Police ought to have proven extra pace and created a notion that they had been critical concerning the investigation. From an outdoor perspective, it did appear as in the event that they weren’t critical about this. The actor’s followers took benefit of this and mentioned it needs to be handed over to the CBI. I all the time mentioned the Mumbai Police is the perfect power within the nation once I spoke about it, but it surely seemed as in the event that they had been underneath some stress, whose I don’t know.
The stubbornness on the a part of the Mumbai Police and (the Maharashtra) authorities initially, to not hand the case over, was not proper. But the style during which the Bihar’s prime police officers tried to malign the Mumbai Police and tried to create a battle, a standoff, wasn’t wanted both. Both sides made it into an ego conflict, which was avoidable and surprising. It seemed like a political battlefield and the police had been preventing it out.
Mumbai Police not too long ago arrested a Delhi-based lawyer for spreading faux information on the Sushant case. Congress has mentioned it was a concerted political marketing campaign. How do you see this?
This is a serious problem in entrance of directors and investigation businesses. Eighty thousand faux accounts had been created, YouTubers mentioned no matter they needed. At the top of the day, Sushant was defamed within the identify of political profit and people 80,000 accounts had been accountable. These issues can occur once more. All events ought to come collectively to nip this stuff within the bud. This needs to be investigated correctly.
The elections seem like a contest between regional satraps and the BJP. What function does the Congress see for itself?
We should not have any unrealistic expectations. We usually are not the prime contenders. You can say we’re the quantity 2 get together for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and can stay so until we rebuild the organisation. We are hoping to win 50 out of the 70 seats and play a task within the authorities formation. It may be very troublesome to foretell Bihar elections, however the voter appears disenchanted.
Migration continues to be a significant component in Bihar.
An individual like me needed to migrate as a result of the then Congress authorities didn’t deal with improvement. Then Lalu (Yadav) got here in and migration rose additional. Nitish got here to energy on the promise of improvement, however underneath his regime, Bihar’s per capita GDP has solely slipped to the bottom within the nation. Unemployment has risen. Migration hasn’t stopped. Industrialisation is gradual. This is his largest failure.
Post (coronavirus-induced) lockdown when there was reverse migration, the Bihar authorities reacted most irresponsibly. Nitish didn’t need individuals coming again. People had been compelled to stroll for days, take auto, or cycles. The Bihar authorities had the worst file when it got here to serving to migrants.
How harm is the Bihari migrant by all this?
The poor man is harm. Even the Maharashtra authorities didn’t do a lot for them. But the Bihar authorities was most apathetic in direction of them. They (migrants) are additionally upset with the Centre. So many died in the course of the reverse migration and this ache will come out within the type of votes and can go towards these in energy. The BJP and Nitish will face the brunt of this. There can be anger over mishandling of the floods.
How large an element will PM Modi be?
This is a state election. Honestly, the Modi issue shouldn’t matter. But in the event that they (the BJP) do deliver him (Modi) in, it could even assist us. This is first state election submit the coronavirus lockdown. The previous six months have been disappointing on the financial entrance. People are harm. This election is as a lot a referendum on Modi’s submit lockdown insurance policies as it’s on Nitish Kumar’s misgovernance.
What is Congress’s election technique?
Underemployment and underdevelopment might be our major plank. Nitish Kumar had come to energy promising change and improvement. But he has executed nothing prior to now 15 years. People need change. It will rely on how we capitalise on it. We will run a joint marketing campaign with the RJD. A district-level coordination might be arrange between the 2 events and the Left to mobilise voters. The Congress star campaigners will go to constituencies of all our candidates.
After being side-lined submit your Lok Sabha defeat, you now end up as a star campaigner, the one chief from Maharashtra.
Over the final yr, there have been some points that had come up and I used to be vocal about it. But that is the great thing about Congress, it’s a get together with inside democracy and everybody can say issues and sure, at instances they are saying one shouldn’t say all this publicly, perhaps I used to be too vocal however that was as a result of I had no discussion board, nobody was telling me something or asking me something, so I voiced what I might within the curiosity of the get together.
The LJP has walked out of the JDU-led alliance however Chirag Paswan says he’s Modi’s ‘Hanuman’. There is a chat that LJP is BJP’s B-team, how do you see this issue?
He is making an attempt to be politically intelligent. But this doesn’t work in Bihar’s politics. Voters need readability. There is an excessive amount of confusion right here, he has stop and he says he’s nonetheless with Modi. He will face a serious loss. Numerically additionally, the LJP doesn’t have so many votes, it enjoys the assist of a group. I really feel it will likely be essential to see whose votes they’ll undercut.
Why did the get together go along with Tejashwi Yadav because the face of the alliance?
The RJD is the primary get together of our alliance. The Congress and the Left have joined it. It was for the RJD to decide on the chief ministerial candidate. They selected Tejashwi Yadav and the Congress has no situation with it. It is a proven fact that Tejashwi just isn’t as sturdy or charismatic as his father (Lalu Yadav), however he’s well-liked among the many youth. Our get together is 100% with him.
The RJD has an assured group vote. There is a particular demographic benefit.
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