In 2005, when Nitish Kumar became chief minister, the government started allotting more liquor shops and began increasing licence fees in a bid to boost revenue. But just three years later reports of crimes against women in rural Bihar started pouring in. According to a study conducted by Institute of Human Development, more than half of rural women were suffering domestic violence due to liquor. Therefore, Nitish Kumar may have brought development to Bihar in terms of improved roads and electricity, but his underestimation of women power and their abhorrence towards liquor may cost him votes amongst fairer sex across the state.
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi spoke to Zee News on various issues amidst the Lok Sabha Elections.
Who is correct on the issue of exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley? Is Narendra Modi right when he says Farooq Abdullah did nothing as terrorists targeted the Pandits, or is Omar Abdullah correct when he says Pandits are part of the valley and left due to a Hindu right-wing conspiracy? No one knows the truth, but this clash of narratives is not new.
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has questioned the sudden rise in the value of paintings by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In a rally, Modi slammed Banerjee and sarcastically lauded her talent for painting, saying, "Your paintings used to be sold for Rs 4 lakh, Rs 8 lakh or Rs 15 lakh, but what is the reason that one of your paintings sold for Rs 1.80 crore? I respect art. But who was the person who bought the painting for Rs 1.80 crore?" Banerjee retaliated, calling Modi the 'devil'. Earlier in the day, TMC spokesperson Derek O'Brien threatened to sue Modi and claimed the money raised from Banerjee's paintings were used for party funds and charity.
Following BJP's most recent accussation over the Robert Vadra land deals, Congress now hits back questioning Narendra Modi's links with Hawala trader Afroz Patta and Bablu Srivastava. In pamphlet and CDs distributed by the party, Modi is seen with individuals alleged to be hawala operators.
Narendra Modi today hit back at Farooq Abdullah for his remark that those voting for the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate should drown in sea, saying the biggest blow to secularism in India was delivered in Kashmir from where Kashmiri Pandits were forced out due to their religion.
Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress took a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and called him the 'butcher of Gujarat' which generated flak in the political circles. BJP's spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman came forward and criticised Mamata's comments calling them 'demeaning' to Gujarat