Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, who has made unemployment in Bihar a major poll issue, released the party's poll manifesto on Saturday, reiterating his promise of 10 lakh jobs as well as an unemployment allowance of Rs 1,500 and better health infrastructure.He also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party for trying to "fool people"."Employment and job are different. We're talking about 10 lakh government jobs. Our promise for 10 lakh jobs is genuine. We could have also made fake promises of 50 lakh jobs like the NDA government," said Yadav inflating the BJP's poll promise of 19 lakh jobs in Bihar.
The promise was made in BJP's poll manifesto a day after Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi questioned how the Grand Alliance Chief Ministerial candidate plans to pay the salary. "The Bihar government can easily provide 4 lakh jobs... The state has a budget of Rs 2.13 lakh crore of which only 60 per cent has been spent. Nitish Kumar has not been able to spend the remaining 40 per cent, which is Rs 80,000 crore," the leader of Opposition said.
"Here we are talking about government jobs,” Tejashwi Yadav said, explaining that there are employment opportunities for teachers, professors, junior engineers, doctors, nurses lab technicians. “ We need more police for the law and order of the state. Manipur is a smaller state but it has more police per lakh population than Bihar,” Tejashwi said. Bihar votes for a new government across three phases starting October 28, with results due November 10. While the BJP has backed the JDU, Congress has joined forces with the RJD and Left parties.