bound Bihar, the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on
Sunday promised to provide “10 lakh permanent government jobs”
if voted to power.
The populistic announcement was made at a press
conference here by Tejashwi Yadav, the party”s chief
ministerial candidate who is faced with the uphill task of
holding his own against the formidable ruling NDA in the
absence of his father and RJD boss Lalu Prasad.
“It is not just a vaada (empty promise). We will do
what we have promised with mazboot iraada (firm resolve). If
the RJD is able to form its government, filling up of 10 lakh
posts all permanent, government jobs will be sanctioned in
the very first cabinet meeting,” said the former deputy CM.
Assembly elections will be held in three phases in
Bihar on October 28, November 3 and 7. The results will be
announced on November 10.
In a veiled dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Yadav said, “We are not like
those who achieve power with a promise of two crore jobs every
year and leave Bihar bankrupt after 15 years of rule.”
Yadav, who has been leader of the opposition in the
outgoing assembly since the abrupt exit of Nitish Kumar from
the Grand Alliance robbed him of the deputy CM”s post and his
party of power, accused the chief minister of inaction despite
“lakhs of posts lying vacant in health, education and police
“Bihar is the most densely populated state in the
country and about 60 per cent of its population is said to be
young and of employable age.
“Still, there are so many vacant posts of doctors,
paramedics, teachers and police personnel and Nitish Kumar did
nothing to fill up these,” the 31-year-old RJD leader alleged.
He said his party intends to fill up the vacancies as
well as increase the number of sanctioned ones since the state
is plagued by an acute shortage of doctors, teachers and
“I would like to ask Nitish Kumar how does he go
around boasting about improved law and order when Bihar has
only 77 police personnel for every one lakh people and, as per
the NCRB, reports a rape or a murder every four to five
years,” the RJD leader charged.
Yadav further made it clear that these “10 lakh
sthaayi sarkaari naukriyan” will be in addition to the jobs
generated after growth in sectors such as agro-based
industries and tourism.
“We have made this announcement after due consultation
with economic experts. It is an attainable goal. We will come
out with a blueprint shortly,” he added.
The RJD heads the Grand Alliance, comprising old ally
Congress and new ones like the Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP and
Mukesh Sahni”s VIP. Besides it tends to take along the Left
parties which have had some following in the state sharply
divided along caste lines.
Nonetheless, the coalition has been plagued by
frequent squabbles and rebellions. It lost former chief
minister Jitan Ram Manjhi”s Hindustani Awam Morcha to the NDA
a month ago.
Kushwaha, too, has been striking a note of dissent of
late, stressing that he would remain with the Grand Alliance
only if the chief ministerial candidate is changed since he
saw Tejashwi as “no match to” Nitish Kumar, the incumbent for
the last 15 years. PTI NAC
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