PM Modi attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, calling him “too arrogant” to be trusted with governance. He urged the people to shun Nitish’s arrogance and back the development agenda of the BJP.
“Nobody can trust him (Nitish) after what he did to Jitan Ram Manjhi. People of Bihar cannot trust him,” Modi said while pointing at Manjhi who shared the dais with him.
Modi also spoke about the Rs 1.65 lakh crore financial package that he promised Bihar.
“Some people are raising questions on the Rs 1.65 lakh crore package announced by me. They are asking whether it will come or not. Should a single rupee be given to the present government. Will it reach you?
“Even if I give it, his (Nitish’s) arrogance is so much that he may even return it. I am worried that even if I give the Rs 1.65 lakh crore to the state, he will announce that he does not require this money as it has been given by Modi. I cannot trust him,” Modi said, citing the instance when Nitish Kumar returned a relief fund of Rs 5 crore by Gujarat for the flood-affected in Kosi.
“The government in Delhi is not doing any favour to anyone. This is the right of Bihar and its people, which I am trying to provide unlike in the past. I am fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me,” Modi clarified. Earlier Modi was attacked by his critics who alleged that he doled out the financial package to Bihar as if he was doing them a favour.
Modi wooed the youth and the poor and promised to address the issue of migration for employment. He appealed to the youth to turn up in large numbers to cast their vote for the NDA. He reiterated that that Bihar’s development was linked to the country’s progress.
“I have come to seek only one thing from people of Bihar. The nation cannot move forward as long as Bihar does not develop. It is our responsibility to develop Bihar to see the nation’s progress…You take the decision once, I will always stand by you. I promise I will be ready to serve Bihar all the time and will prove that that the change in the country will begin from Bihar. We have to take Bihar to new heights. That is why I have come here to seek your votes on development and law and order,” Modi said.
(With inputs from PTI)