Thursday 22 October 2020

Ee baa: BJP’s songs on Nitish govt’s ‘achievements’ in Bihar

Through the songs in Bihari languages and dialects, we will tell the people 'ee-baa' or this is what has been done, said a Bihar BJP leader

Over the next few days, the digital wing of the BJP will release a collection of songs titled ‘Ee-baa’ (this is what) to answer the opposition’s questions on the accomplishments of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar. The BJP and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) are part of the National Democratic Alliance.

The party is reaching out to the electorate, tom-tomming about its ‘achievements’ in Bihar by means of a bunch of songs, all containing the phrase “ee baa“, in Bhojpuri. The Magahi, Maithili, Angika and other language versions, catering to people speaking these languages in the state, have translations thereof.

The BJP will release these songs, which a bunch of musicians has themed around the ‘achievements’ of the government like a multi-speciality hospital in a city or a bridge construction in another, on 28 October.

“Through the songs in Bihari languages such as Maithili and Bhojpuri, we will tell the people ‘ee-baa‘ or this is what has been done,” said a source.

In September, actor Manoj Bajpayee and filmmaker Anubhav Sinha’s Bhojpuri rap number on migrant workers, ‘Bambai Mein Ka Ba?’ (what is in Mumbai?) was seen as a sorry commentary on the way the government handled the lives of migrant workers who were apparently forced to travel outside their native state in search of livelihood and a better life.

Though the number did not specifically mention Bihar, the Nitish Kumar government bore the brunt of the critique for Bihar’s crumbling infrastructure, the lack of amenities and avenues for livelihood.

“The party will counter this fake narrative of the opposition as well as create awareness about the progress that has been made through outreach programmes which include songs; including one by popular actor Nirahua,” the source said.

Besides songs, which are an easy vehicle of communication, the party has scheduled rallies in the state after the union home ministry relaxed the rules for public gathering in the election-bound state.

BJP president JP Nadda will address a rally in Gaya’s Gandhi Maidan tomorrow. Plans are afoot for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s joint rally after 15 October.

The party cadre is ensuring that they cover all 8,000 panchayats in the state. “At a meeting of the party high command it was decided that BJP state functionaries will cover at least 1500 panchayats for canvassing; so far 3,000 have already been covered and we are hopeful of covering all 8,000,” said the source in Bihar unit of the BJP.

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