Bihar victory will beat caste-religion politics, to give a new direction to nation- Surjewala

By Sahil Pandey
Patna: In the wake of Bihar elections, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Sunday asserted that the results of the Bihar elections would change the dominance of caste and religion in politics and hoped that this would give a new dimension to electoral politics in the nation.

“Bihar will break the caste and religion barrier and will give way for the rest of the country to follow. The Bharatiya Janata Party divided the country through fear, hatred and religion. Prices of farm produce and aspirations of the weaker sections have taken a backseat,” Surjewala said in Patna.

The Congress leader further said that Bihar has always changed the politics in the country and highlighted that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress and other left were not fighting for power but for change in the system.

“RJD-Congress and other left parties are not just trying to capture for power but this alliance is a change in the system and will do what is important for Bihar. I earlier claimed that Mahagathbandan will get over 150 seats. We will not fight for seats but will fight for Bihar,” he added.

Reacting on the exit polls, Surjewala said, “The people of Bihar voted for change. A tired government of the BJP and JDU has pushed Bihar into a bad state. I hope people have voted for a new youthful and energetic government. The verdict of the people is sealed in the EVM. I know TV surveys showed us in the majority but the final result will be out on November 10.”

Exit polls differed in their prediction of tallies of major players in Bihar assembly polls on Saturday with most predicting an edge for Mahagathbandhan or its victory. While some predicted that the ruling NDA and Mahagathbandhan were in the contest for the halfway mark in 243-member assembly, others predicted a clear victory for the opposition alliance.

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