The Prime Minister reached out to the voters of Bihar ahead of the assembly polls due later this year asking them to rise above the caste considerations and support the most “virtuous”. PM Narendra Modi was speaking at the inauguration of the golden jubilee celebrations of acclaimed poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s works in Patna.
“You cannot rule with the help of one or two castes…if you do not rise above caste, Bihar’s social development will suffer,” he said referring to a letter written by Dinkar in 1961.
Sharing that the late poet was of view that Bihar will have to “forget” the caste system and “follow the virtuous”, the Prime Minister also claimed that he was committed to taking forward Dinkar’s vision of progress and prosperity to the state without which India’s development was incomplete.
Noting that while west India has prosperity, the eastern part has wisdom, PM Modi said the two regions of the country can have an equal share in development of the country. He said the poet’s works worked as a “bridge” between the ideals of Jaya Prakash Narayan and the youth of the country.
“He had fire within. But it was not meant to burn but work as a light for generations to come,” he said, noting that Dinkar’s works are relevant even today.
The PM once again emphasised the development of states like West Bengal, Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and the northeast was paramount for the overall development of the country.
PM Modi’s participation in today’s event is being seen as an attempt by the BJP to woo the voters of Bihar ahead of the assembly polls in the state slated later this year. BJP, which pulled out of the coalition government headed by Nitish Kumar, may face a stiff challenge from ‘Janata Parivar’, a proposed united group of Samajwadi Party, RJD, JD(U), JD(S) and other regional players.
However, the fate of ‘Janata Parivar’ hangs in a delicate balance as the proposed merger of the parties is yet to take place.