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Are some of the headlines, which we will regularly find if we scroll a little to know the latest on the Bihar elections. It certainly seems that perhaps, beef has overtaken the narrative in the Bihar polls. The unfortunate lynching of a Muslim man in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri village over the rumoured consumption of beef, has perhaps found an echo in the Bihar elections. Intelligent discussions are going-on in TV studios and daily media bites are given by the leading politicians of all parties, on how the mutton is different to beef.
Lalu Prasad, the ex-chief minister of Bihar, raging controversy recently said, “Don't Hindus eat beef too? It is the poor who are forced to eat beef. People eat (beef) outside the country too. What difference does it make....anyway one should not eat beef as it leads to diseases".
It was perhaps this comment of Lalu Prasad that provided all the political parties in Bihar ammunition for their election rallies. On 3rd October, former deputy chief minister and Bihar BJP leader Sushil Modi reacted saying, "People like Lalu can even eat beef for votes". Thus, raking further controversies.
In other remarks the Indian PM Modi had directly called for the communal harmony to be maintained at all cost. “The country has to stay united…It is unity, communal harmony, brotherhood and peace that will take the nation forward” the prime minister said, according to PTI. He also urged people to ignore “irresponsible” comments from the politicians made to further support their interests, according to PTI.
Interestingly during the past elections in the same state of Bihar, the political discourse revolved around a scam - the cow’s fodder scam (also popularly known as 'chara-ghotala'), then the cow’s fodder was the subject of intense political discussions, and provided the necessary ammunition for the election rallies to the political speeches, however this time interestingly it is the cow’s meat called as beef, both involving the ex-chief minister Lalu’s role and comments, which has captured the political narrative of the political leaders across the party-line. The five-phase assembly elections in Bihar will soon go for polls, starting next week and it will be interesting to see, how long the Bihar politicians will continue with their ‘beef-pe-charcha’ in the Bihar elections.