Campaigning halts in Bihar; Nitish flays BJP leadership

RSTV Bureau
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FILE: Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally in Bihar. Photo – PTI

Taking a jibe at principal challenger BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dubbed it a party with a “dearth” of leadership. Nitish Kumar attacked BJP, in particular PM Modi, while addressing a public rally in Nawada district as campaigning for the first phase of the Bihar Assembly elections ended on Saturday. The five-phase polling begins on October 12 with 49 Assembly constituencies going to polls in the first phase.

“See how many ministers of the Central government are in Bihar. It is as if Patna has become the capital of India…. And in the manner in which the PM is holding rallies in Bihar, it seems that there is such a dearth of leadership in the BJP” Nitish Kumar said adding “Next, they (BJP) will contest even Panchayat elections in the name of Modi ji.”

In what is being already described as crucial and a very tightly contested elections, Nitish Kumar-led ‘Grand Alliance’ of JD(U)-RJD-Congress is facing a stiff challenge from the BJP-led four-party NDA.

While, the ‘Grand Alliance’ has already declared incumbent Nitish Kumar as their CM candidate, the prime challenger BJP-led NDA is yet to declare its CM candidate. Taking a jibe at NDA over this issue, the Bihar CM claimed “synergy” and “faith” among JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance.

Sonia_nitish“There is a synergy between the three parties of the Grand Alliance, there is faith…. Lalu ji, Congress and we decided who will become Chief Minister…. On the other side, the BJP’s coalition has no unity,” Nitish Kumar said amid applause from the crowd.

“The (NDA) alliance members often keep passing comments on each other. One member even raised questions on their seat distribution…. Even today they have no candidate for the CM’s post,” he flayed the BJP-led NDA in a veiled reference to earlier reported instances of squabbling within BJP’s three alliance partners over the issue of seat-distribution.

Narrowing down his criticism of the BJP over the issue of “Black Money”, BJP’s oft-repeated slogan during 2014 General polls, he accused BJP of making “tall promises”.

“In the Lok Sabha elections people voted for the BJP to see what would happen… We thought if we get 15-20 lakh rupees, we’ll do well, but then they said it was a jumla,” the Bihar Chief Minister said.

Mr. Kumar further took on the BJP and in particular Prime Minister Narendra Modi over BJP-run Central government’s flagship schemes.

“Modi ji talks about smart cities. I will make the villages in Bihar so smart, they will not even look at your smart cities Modi ji,” he said adding on a lighter note, “They question me on electricity. I only gave electricity so Modi ji could be on TV and spread false promises during the Lok Sabha polls.”

(With inputs from the PTI)