Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Monday hit back at the “jungle raj-2” allegation by BJP and its allies and wondered whether terrorist attacks and hoisting of Pakistani flags under the NDA-led Centre also meant “jungle raj” in the country.
“If on the basis of few criminal incidents there is jungle raj in Bihar, then it could be said that ‘jungle raj or Aatank Raj’ (rule of terror) prevails in the country,” Tejaswi Yadav, son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, said on his facebook account.
“What is the crime rate in Delhi where law and order is under the central government? It is not hidden from anybody,” he said adding if the opposition needed he could provide the crime data on the same.
Tejaswi Yadav’s comment came a day after Union Minister and LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan attacked the state government over few deaths, including those of engineers in Darbhanga by claiming “jungle raj-2” had returned to Bihar.
“BJP cannot coin definition of jungle raj as per their own convenience. Days of negative politics are over.
“Prime Minister, cabinet ministers and chief ministers of other states were hired to sing the song of ‘jungle raj’ in Bihar during the Assembly poll. One after another the so called ‘Chanakyas’ were sent during poll to capitalise on the slogan of jungle raj,” Tejaswi Yadav said.
“But the end result was zero. The people of Bihar took the ‘jungle raj’ tag as an insult and avenged it by giving two-third seats to the secular alliance,” he said.
Tejaswi Yadav, who is also Legislature party leader of RJD in the Assembly, said the official figures have proved that the crime rate was less in Bihar than many BJP-ruled states even as Bihar’s population was much higher than those states.
“Figures clearly show there is no increase in crime graph in Bihar. It’s merely the exaggerated version that is being served to people,” he said and mocked BJP by saying that “by only managing news headlines, it cannot survive.”
“The real motives behind murders like property dispute, family fight etc are hidden to sensationalise such incidents as if it was part of an organised crime under the patronage of the government,” he said.