The Grand Alliance (GA) said on Wednesday it was focusing on shifting the election debate in poll-bound Bihar from controversial beef to dal-bhaat or pulses and rice.
Campaigning for the first two phases of assembly elections held in Bihar revolved around food essentials and leaders are now redesigning their campaigns to address issues such as food inflation, which has led to a spike in prices of essential commodities such as pulses to attack the NDA government at the Centre for its ‘anti-farmer policies’.
JD(U) spokesman KC Tyagi said they sought to ‘nail the Centre’s lie’ that Bihar CM Nitish Kumar was responsible for the rising prices of essential food items. He said pulses were sold at over Rs 200 per kg in BJP-ruled states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP and Rajasthan.
“This was a result of the mismanagement of the NDA government. Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Radha Mohan Singh have been attempting to mislead voters by attempting to blame the Bihar CM. Both Paswan and Singh should accept the responsibility and resign. A CBI probe should be immediately ordered,” Tyagi said.
Releasing copies of the June 12 letter sent by the ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution to chief secretaries regarding the change in the policy of procurement for the central pool, the JD(U) said the NDA government had deliberately tweaked policies to benefit black marketers.
“The Centre diluted the provisions of the Essential Commodities Act of 1955, while some states, including Bihar, had declared bonus to farmers over and above the minimum support price,” he said.