Nitish-led alliance attacks PM for ‘insulting’ Bihar

RSTV Bureau
Patna: Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Bihar Chief Minister and Senior JD(U) Leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD(U) during the Swabhiman rally at Gandhi Maidan, in Patna on Sunday. PTI Photo

Patna: Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Bihar Chief Minister and Senior JD(U) Leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD(U) during the Swabhiman rally at Gandhi Maidan, in Patna on Sunday. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday came under scathing attack from Grand Secular Alliance in poll-bound Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Congress President Sonia Gandhi accusing him of “insulting” the state and failing to deliver on any of his promises.

In hard-hitting speeches, the leaders raised the issue of Bihari pride and said the people would give a befitting reply to Modi as he had “denigrated the legacy of the state” with his DNA remark.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi alleged that Modi government has done nothing other than “show-baazi” despite completing one-fourth of its time. Kumar said Modi had remembered Bihar only now after 14 months as elections are due in the state.

The three leaders, who shared the dias at (Swabhiman) (Honour) rally in Patna in a show of unity, also praised each other, forgetting their past rancour.

“Some people take pleasure in mocking Bihar. Whenever they get opportunity they comment about its DNA and culture. They also call it BIMARU,” Sonia said, targeting PM Modi.

Describing Narendra Modi government as ‘anti-farmer and anti-youth’ at the ‘Swabhiman Rally’, Congress President said that in 14 months tenure of its term which is one-fourth of the total duration of five years, the Union government has virtually acted “opposite to what it had promised during election.”

“You had promised to provide one crore jobs to youth every year…forget about new jobs you have put a stop on the existing ones,” she said.

Demanding that Modi take back his DNA remark, Kumar said, “This is the place from where Gautam Buddha, Mahavir and Aryabhatta came… My DNA is the same DNA.”

“Today when ‘Swambhiman rally’ is being organised in Patna, the PM was forced to bend and retreat his steps on land acquisition Bill,” he said.

Countering Modi’s comment that the JD (U)-RJD alliance would bring ‘Jungle Raaj-2′, RJD President Lalu Prasad termed the JD (U)-RJD-Cong-SP coalition as ‘Mangal Raaj Part-2′.

The RJD Chief also said that the BJP wants to “create tension between Hindu-Muslim. I know their design. Modi called us “Jungle-Raaj Part-2 but this is Mangal Raaj Part-2,” he said.

Speaking of ‘Mandal Raj-II’, the RJD chief said, “I and Nitish Kumar are two sons of backward castes. After Lalu it is Nitish Kumar.”

Prasad also told Kumar that he need not worry about elections as all the four parties together would ensure victory of the secular forces in the Bihar electoral battle.

Shivpal Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party and Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad were among the leaders of the alliance present at the rally.

As per seat-sharing arrangements, JD (U) is contesting from 100 seats, RJD 98, Congress 40 and Samajwadi Party 5 for the 243-member Assembly. NCP of Sharad Pawar walked out of the combination peeved a being offered three seats.