Prime Minister Narendra Modi held another rally in the state of Bihar, where the crucial assembly polls are scheduled to be held later this year. Launching his fourth ‘Parivartan’ rally in the state, Prime Minister took on his opponents – the combined front of JD(U), RJD and Congress party, while addressing the gathering of party workers and local residents in Bhagalpur.
“After 25 years, people of Bihar have decided to vote for development and form a government for development. Nobody can stop this (NDA’s) victory march irrespective of how many parties and leaders come together against us,” PM Modi said amid cheers.
Prime Minister Modi, who continues to be the face of BJP’s campaign, charged the incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad with “sacrificing” the legacy of socialist leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan by sharing platform with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Both Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, who began their political careers as the protégé of Lohia and JP, were once sharp critics of the Congress party.
“Lohia fought against Congress but his disciples have now betrayed him for their lust for power. They have joined hands with those (Congress) who put JP in jail,” the PM Modi said.
But in what may be the biggest talking point of this rally, Prime Minister countered the sharp attack on his “DNA” remark by making amends and calling Biharis the “most intelligent” people. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad have been quick to turn Prime Minister’s “DNA” remark into a major electoral issue against their main challenger BJP.
Addressing the last of BJP’s ‘Parivartan’ rallies in the election-bound state before the poll schedule is announced, PM Modi also criticised the opponent RJD-JD(U), charging them of using the issue like caste. Lauding the initiatives of the BJP-run central government, he referred to Nitish Kumar’s “sop” of Rs 2.7 lakh crore, and claimed that the Bihar Chief Minister was forced to do so after he made development a major poll plank.
“They ridiculed my package but realised in two-three days that people have seen through their game. So they were forced to announce their own development package. I am very happy that development has become a poll issue in Bihar,” PM Modi said summing up his address at the rally.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar attempted to take on the PM even before his rally asking him not to make new promises to Bihar but “show moral courage” and ensure implementation of all the pledges made till date.
“Show moral courage. No new promises please. Outline a credible action plan to deliver on the promises you have made to the people till date,” Nitish Kumar wrote on the microblogging site Twitter early on Tuesday.
(With inputs from the PTI)