BJP will pick CM after Bihar polls: Amit Shah

Patna, Oct 19 (IANS) The BJP will pick a chief minister for Bihar after the NDA alliance led by it wins the ongoing assembly elections, BJP president Amit Shah said on Monday.

“The party and the parliamentary board will decide the name of the chief minister soon after we win a two-thirds majority,” Shah told the media.

Shah said the people of Bihar did not want a return of the ‘jungle raj’, he said, in an attack on the Grand Alliance of the JD-U, the RJD and the Congress.

“People do not want jungle raj-2. We will come to power in Bihar,” he asserted.

Shah said a Bharatiya Janata Dal-led government was a must for Bihar’s development.

“Only (we) can develop Bihar because (RJD chief) Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and Nitish Kumar ruled the state for 25 years but it remained backward.”

Shah accused the Grand Alliance of trying to divert the development issue in the election campaign by raking up issues of beef consumption and reservation in education and jobs. “We are committed to the development of Bihar.”

Shah reiterated that the BJP was not against reservation for Dalits and Other Backward Class in education and employment.

“We are in support of the reservation and we do not want any change in the present form of reservation.”

He said the NDA was set to win 32-34 of the 49 assembly constituencies where polling was held in the first phase on October 12 and 22-24 of the 32 constituencies which went to the polls on October 16.

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