BJP appoints former Maharashtra CM Fadnavis as party’s Bihar election in-charge

The BJP on September 30 appointed former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis as its in-charge for the Bihar assembly elections, the party said in a statement. BJP national general secretary Arun Singh on Wednesday announced the appointment of Fadnavis, who is already in Bihar for more than a week.

Earlier this week, Fadnavis had taken a dig at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav for promising 10 lakh jobs.

“When I heard the 10 lakh job promise of Tejashwi Yadav, I discussed it with my colleagues. I was informed that he will purchase 10 lakh tamanche (pistols) and he will distribute them among unemployed youths and RJD members,” said Fadnavis during the BJP’s ‘Youth Town Hall’ event in Patna.

The senior BJP leader further said: “He wants to push Bihar into the era of his father and mother of 15 years ago when they developed Jungle Raj. At that time, criminal cases were at their highest. This is his real strategy.”

Fadnavis’ ‘tamanche’ remark upset the RJD and the party’s general secretary Chitranjan Gagan said: “JD(U)-BJP combine government has failed to provide jobs to unemployed youth of Bihar and now they are making jokes of it. Such an outrageous remark is an insult to the youth of Bihar.”

The BJP has the practice of appointing senior leaders as in-charge for state elections. The Bihar assembly polls will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7, and the counting of votes will take place on November 10.