Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed two rallies in Jharkhand’s Ranchi and Jamshedpur on Saturday and appealed to the people to give a clear mandate to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the assembly polls.
Modi while addressing the masses in Ranchi, said that a clear mandate in Jharkhand will make the party answerable to the people after five years.
Taking a shot at coalition governments in the state, the PM said when the public demands audit of work done the coalition partners untie strings and pass the buck to others in the government.
Without naming the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha or Congress, coalition partners in the current Hemant Soren government who have parted ways recently, he said the voters can question the failure of a government only if a majority is voted to power. Comparing Jharkhand with adolescents, the PM said, “Just like children of this age even 14 year-old Jharkhand needs better care.”
In Jamshedpur, Modi said the huge mineral resources in the state meant it could provide highest number of employment to youth in the country.
The five-phased polls for the 81 assembly seats in Jharkhand started on November 25. The BJP has fielded candidates for 72 seats and has given nine seats to their allies. The party is contesting against the grand alliance formed by the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal United here. The JMM, seen as the BJP’s toughest competitor in the state, is going it alone this time.