Bihar: Eyeing rural voters, Grand Alliance woos farmers and youth

Updated: 18 October, 2020 10:55 IST | Agencies | Patna

Tejashwi Yadav, the chief ministerial face of the Grand Alliance, said that the manifesto promised to usher in change in Bihar

RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav (right) and Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala (centre) during a joint press conference in Patna on Saturday. Pic/PTI
RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav (right) and Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala (centre) during a joint press conference in Patna on Saturday. Pic/PTI

With nearly 90 per cent of Bihar population living in villages, the Grand Alliance or Mahagathbandhan sought to woo youths, farmers, and labourers through its joint poll manifesto released on Saturday.

Tejashwi Yadav, the chief ministerial face of the Grand Alliance, said that the manifesto promised to usher in change in Bihar. The Mahagathbandhan sought to address the issues related to farmers and labourers, given the fact that the state has a rural-based economy with 89 per cent people living in villages and 76 per cent of them directly dependent on the agriculture sector.

Hence, a loan waiver for farmers was one of the key points in this manifesto. The leaders of Mahagathbandhan know that 18 to 20 districts are affected by floods every year and repayment of loans is not easy for affected farmers. Attracting the farmers through loan waiver promise could be a game changer for the Mahagathbandhan.

Meanwhile, Bihar's COVID-19 recovery rate touched 94.24 per cent, which is the highest among all states of India and countries having registered more than one lakh positive cases, Health Minister Mangal Pandey said. "Biharis are number one in defeating Coronavirus. Bihar's recovery rate is 94.21 per cent, highest among all states and countries having more than one lakh registered cases," Pandey said in a tweet.

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First Published: 18 October, 2020 11:00 IST

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