Bihar Election stage set for ABP News’ ‘e-Shikhar Sammelan’


ABP News organized another significant edition of the day long virtual summit, “e-Shikhar Sammelan” on 25th October 2020 to discuss the issues on the state.

The flagship show brought to the front, the assurances and outlook in the impending assembly elections, perceptive deliberations on local issues such as education, electricity and water and vitalizing discussions on other nation imperatives such as Covid-19.

The famous knowledge-sharing platform saw a diverse line-up of political leaders such as Chirag Paswan (LJP), Shivanand Tiwari (RJD), Sudhanshu Trivedi (BJP), Nitish Kumar (JD-U), Gaurav Vallabh (INC), Abhay Dubey (INC), Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP), Shatrughan Sinha (INC), Gaurav Bhatia (BJP), K.C. Tyagi (JDU), Sushil Modi (BJP), Randeep Surjewala (INC), Bhupendra Yadav (BJP), AK Vajpayi (LJP) and Ashok Chaudhary (JDU).

This e-summit established a new way to reach out to the voters and helped the political leaders adapt to the changing dynamics of the rallies. Following the social distancing norms, the meeting of the speakers was held over video in the virtual summit, beaming into the session from their offices, homes, etc. The summit was moderated by ABP’s versatile anchors- Romana Isar Khan, Sumit Awasthi, Shobna Yadav and Rubika Liyaquat.

Mr. Avinash Pandey, CEO, ABP Network explained the e-summit, “As the traditional door-to-door campaigning takes a back seat in the prevailing scenario, the significance of traditional mediums like broadcast is paramount in reaching out to the masses. Every election season, our flagship summit, ‘Shikhar Sammelan’, brings important discourses of the state and the nation to public scrutiny – offering a platform to leaders to put forth their voice and establish a connect with the voters. This time too, these stimulating discussions will be crucial in setting the tone for the upcoming elections.”

Shikhar Sammelan is a platform that deliberates on pertinent issues of importance to the common people. It allows both the government and opposition to debate on these challenges and issues and pave a way forward.

Key highlights of the summit are:

  1. Congress General Secretary,Mr. Randeep Surjewala said, “Nitish Kumar is tried, tested, tired, failed, and retired. BJP will dump him as soon as the results are announced,”.

“Opposition now has the new energy in the form of Tejashwi Yadav who will reign in Bihar,” he added.

  1. Mr. Shatrughan Sinha said”If Bihar is my strength, it is also my weakness and I can’t remain silent on what is currently going on in Bihar. I appreciated Nitish Kumar when he did good for Bihar but if the captain is being lauded for good, it will be the captain who will receive criticism when the system is flawed.”

Tejashwi is the new energy of Bihar and will change Bihar’s picture. He has the power to motivate the youth and the crowd. His rallies have shown his influence on the people of Bihar and the support he has garnered for RJD and Congress.” He added.

  1. Union Minister Mr.Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “If NDA comes to power it will be a double engine government and Nitish Kumar will definitely become the next CM.”

Further Mr. Prasad added, “Healthcare getting mentioned in election manifesto is a revolutionary step and the free vaccine promise shows the party’s commitment towards people’s health.”

  1. When Mr.Chirag Paswan was asked his political ambitions, the young politician said that his aim does not involve becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar. Rather, he wants to work for the development and betterment of the people in the state.

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