Giridih/Ranchi: It seems like there is a competition going on in the 17th Lok Sabha campaign between political leaders as to who will stoop down to the lowest order in attacking their rivals. Today, during the nomination of Annapurna Devi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s candidate for the Koderma parliamentary constituency, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das while addressing the party supporters compared the opposition leaders of the Mahagathbandhan with Siyar, Lomadi, Bhedia, Gidar (Fox, Wolf and Jackal). While he referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Mahabali (Supreme).
During the speech, while describing the grand alliance or Mahagathbandhan, Jharkhand’s chief minister said, “What is this alliance is all about? There is no such alliance working among them. The alliance is taking place in the day and is being broken at night. The gathbandhan has been made only to remove Modi. Why remove Modi? That’s because Congress, JMM and RJD have done a PhD in corruption. And they know that if Modi will return to power, then they all will be in jail.”
Raghubar Das then added, “They are afraid and are getting together as they can’t face Mahabali (Modi) since 120 crores people have restored their faith in him. Just like when jackal, wolf and fox even after combining forces can’t compete with the lion, similarly, it is not possible for some siyars (jackals) to face the lion.”
He further alleged, “We have seen the gathbandhan rule for 14 years here (Jharkhand) and 2004 to 2014 in Delhi. It is an alliance of corrupt people, will you let them loot you?”
Listen to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and the use of derogatory language for opposition leaders:
The name of the animals—fox, wolf and jackal used by the CM, has a negative repercussion in the society, as it symbolizes dishonesty, cunning attitude, cleverness and mischievous behaviour.
While yesterday, on the same stage, from where Das was addressing today, gathbandhan, which has two former chief ministers—Hemant Soren and Babulal Marandi had addressed. Marandi, a contestant against BJP candidate now, has been Jharkhand’s chief minister as a BJP leader only between 2000 and 2002. While Jharkhand Congress President Dr Ajoy Kumar, who was also present in Marandi’s nomination has been a doctor and IPS officer before taking a plunge into politics.
Significantly, in his half-an-hour-long speech, Das either abused the opposition or mentioned how India is safe under the 56-inch chest of Narendra Modi, who attacked Pakistan twice, first a surgical strike after Uri attack and later the air strike post-Pulwama terror attack.
Development got only mentioned once in Jharkhand chief minister’s speech, and the only scheme he mentioned was Prime Minister Residential Scheme (PMAY) that how poor got houses and how women who had to wait till sunset to relieve herself have got relief because several places become ODF (Open Defecation Free).
Other than PMAY, the chief minister did not mention any other development works either done by Narendra Modi led BJP government in center and his government in Jharkhand.