Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday kicked-off poll campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for Jharkhand assembly polls. Addressing a rally at Daltonganj in Palamu district of Jharkhand, PM Modi took a dig at Congress for stalling the matter of dispute over the birthplace of Lord Ram. He said, "Had they wanted, a solution could've been found much earlier. But they didn't do that, they cared about their vote bank. Such thinking of Congress affected the country."
On the occasion, PM Modi lauded the Raghubar Das-led government in the state for making an effort to free Jharkhand of Naxals and create a peaceful environment. He said that Naxalism was an issue due to political instability.
"Governments used to get toppled here, they didn't want to serve people but simply enjoy the power... How could there have been proper roads, industries, and electricity, given the situation which was here," the PM added. PM Modi further noted that Jharkhand government has worked day and night to end corruption in the last five years.
It is to be noted that Assembly elections in Jharhand will be held from November 30 to December 20. Polling will be held in five phases, with the first phase beginning November 30, second phase on December 6, third phase on December 12, fourth phase on December 16 and the last phase on December 20. The results of the election to 81 seats in the state Legislative Assembly will be declared on December 23. The term of the current assembly ends on December 27, 2019.
It is worth mentioning here that Congress has forged an alliance with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to take on the BJP.