Muzaffarpur/Pat, July 25 : Prime Minister rendra Modi on Saturday denounced Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, only hours after sharing a stage with him, and RJD leader Lalu Prasad as he formally kickstarted the NDA’s campaign for the Bihar assembly polls. Urging the thousands gathered at Chakkar Maidan in Muzaffarpur not to bring back “jungle raj” in Bihar, Modi bracketed Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad as he sought support for the Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP) and its allies.
Only hours after praising Nitish Kumar in Pat for his requests and suggestions related to Bihar’s development, Modi did a u-turn, hitting out at the Jata Dal-United (JD-U) leader for the state’s backwardness.
“I was not the only one to be backstabbed by him. The people of Bihar were also backstabbed,” he thundered at the rally, referring to the chief minister’s decision to leave the tiol Democratic Alliance after Modi was picked to head the BJP for the 2014 parliamentary battle. He said Nitish Kumar had strangled Bihar’s development by ending an alliance with the BJP and joining hands with former foe RJD.
Modi said there were some problems with Nitish Kumar’s “D”, and he cannot be trusted. “The D of democracy is not like that. In democracy, you give respect even to your political rivals.” Modi said Nitish Kumar betrayed the people by not fulfilling his promise to provide electricity to all.
“Nitish Kumar had repeatedly stated that if he was uble to provide electricity to the whole of Bihar, he would not come seek votes again in 2015... “Have you got electricity? It has not come. But he has come to ask for votes. He betrayed your trust.”
Terming RJD as “Roza Jungleraj ka Darr”, the BJP veteran asserted that his party would not allow the return of “jungle raj” in Bihar. “This election is to get rid of RJD.” “Like the Lok Sabha polls, give us two-third majority to develop Bihar. I promise I will fulfil the dreams of the people in 60 months if the BJP is voted to power.”
He promised to provide round-the-clock electricity to the people. He promised a special package of more than Rs.50,000 crore to Bihar for its development.
The rally was attended by all BJP leaders from Bihar including half-a-dozen union ministers and allies Ram Vilas Paswan and Upender Kushwaha. The BJP’s new ally, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, also shared the stage with Modi. (IANS)