Campaigning to elect the 243-member legislative assembly in the Indian state of Bihar has picked up ahead of the first phase of voting on 28 October. Elections in the state will be held in three phases – 28 October, 3 November, and 7 November – and vote counting will take place on 10 November.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the country’s opposition parties of trying to weaken the nation and fritter away the sacrifices of soldiers from Bihar state, among others, in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, where Indian troops had a violent face-off with the Chinese Army in June.
Modi made the statement as he kick-started his campaign trail with a public meeting in the Sasaram area for the Bihar legislative assembly elections set to be held beginning at the end of October.
Without naming any party specifically, Modi said the opposition parties want to reverse the status of Jammu and Kashmir (which has been turned into a union territory after previously being a state).
In Bihar, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is an alliance partner of the state’s governing Janata Dal (United) party, headed by state chief Nitish Kumar.
The governing coalition is trying to return to power for a second term during the current elections.
Recalling his government’s decision in August 2019 to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution, which abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir state and…