On the last day of campaigning for the fourth phase of Bihar assembly polls on November 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly took on the opposition Grand Alliance led by the incumbent CM Nitish Kumar. Raising the development pitch, the Prime Minister claimed only “twin engines” of the state and central government can work for the betterment of the state. He also flayed his opponents for the language used by them during the poll campaign.
“Bihar cannot be pulled out of the well it has fallen into by the single engine of state government. It needs two engines of the state as well as the Centre,” the Prime Minister said in his rallies at Muzaffarpur and Gopalganj.
Pitching his Central government’s pro-poor schemes, PM Modi cited a number of projects like Jan Dhan bank accounts, insurance scheme and Mudra bank saying that many people from Bihar had benefited from these programmes.
“If Bihar has to move forward, then people will have to rise above small considerations. You will have to forget about personal relations and nepotism,” the Prime Minister said in a bid to counter JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance.
The PM also strongly criticised incumbent Nitish Kumar over latter’s “outsider” jibe, while sticking to “jungle raj” while referring to Lalu Prasad, Mr. Kumar’s ally in ‘Grand Alliance’.
“Nitish babu says I am a bahri (outsider). I will ask (him) how I can be a bahri in Bihar which is a strong organ of India and whose people had voted to make me Prime Minister…. Those who cannot give an account of their work play these games to mislead them,” PM Modi said.
Promising rule of law and employment if BJP came to power, Prime Minister Modi said Bihar election is an opportunity to punish those who, he alleged, “looted” the state in the last 60 years including 25 years.
“Will you (youth) get employment as long as bada bhai and chhota bhai remain in power? Is the bada bhai (Lalu) bothered about anybody else except his sons and family members? When he went to jail earlier (in fodder scam), he made his wife Chief Minister,” he said shifting the focus of his attack on Lalu Prasad.
PM Modi also took on the ‘Grand Alliance’ and CM Nitish Kumar alleging the latter playing politics on the emotive issue of reservation policy. The issue of reservation has become one of the talking point during the campaign, especially after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks where he had sought the “revision” of the “existing quota policy”.
“Nitish had made his intentions clear way back on August 24, 2005. They lost cool when I alleged that they want to steal away 5 per cent of reservation from the quota given to SCs/STs/OBCs and EBCs and give to a particular community…. Even the makers of Indian Constitution were against it,” PM Modi told the large public gathering.
Claiming that the Central government package will change the fate of Bihar and benefit its people, the Prime Minister also criticised Nitish Kumar government over their anti-corruption measures.
(With inputs from the PTI)