Tearing into the ruling Nitish Kumar- Lalu Prasad alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the people of Bihar to use the upcoming assembly polls as an opportunity to “free themselves from the jungle raaj” by electing a BJP-led government to develop and modernise the state.
“You have suffered their arrogance, deceipt and exploitation for the last 25 years. Do you want such a rule to continue for another five years,” the Prime Minister asked at a mass rally in Gaya in Bihar.
“These elections are an opportunity for you to free yourselves from the jungle raaj. … You have so far seen jungle raaj … If you allow jungle raaj part two, it will only spell further disaster for the state,” PM Modi said.
Taking a jibe at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad over his conviction in the fodder scam, he said “those who go to jail, come out learning bad things.”
Giving the name to JDU and RJD, PM said while the RJD stands for ‘rozana jungle raaj ka dar’ (daily fear of jungle raaj), the JD (U) stood for ‘janata ka daman-utpidan’ (suppression and oppression of the people).
The Prime Minister also attacked the JD (U)-RJD combine over the recent murder of a BJP activist in Patna, saying “this is the beginning of jungle raaj part two. Do you want this to come back?”
“The time has come to put an end to this jungle raaj and to this JD (U)-RJD) government, which is filled with arrogance. These people have ruled the state for 25 years; they have destroyed the lives of people…”
“The youth here leave their aged parents to go out of the state for employment. Do we need such a government? Can JD(U) and RJD be handed over the reins of power for one more term,” he asked the gathering which shouted back a resounding ‘no’.
Observing that Bihar was part of the BIMARU states, Modi said BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were able to usher in development and bring the states out of the BIMARU status.
BIMARU denotes the backward states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
“Give us five years, we will ensure that Bihar gets out of the ‘BIMARU’ category,” he said, adding that under the BJP’s leadership, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have come out of it and were progressing on the path of development, like BJP-ruled Haryana and Gujarat.
“Looking at the crowd of people here (at the rally) and the route all along the airport, I can clearly see that the people of Bihar have already taken two decisions — one, that they want development and want Bihar to become a modern and strong state. The other that they have decided to change…. they want freedom from exploitation, arrogance and deceipt that they have been suffering from in the last 25 years,” the Prime Minister said.
“See what has been done to Bihar in these years. … They (ruling alliance) have drunk poison. Do you want them to spew the venom on you after the elections,” he asked.
He also attacked Kumar for not “walking with Delhi” for state’s development because of his “arrogance”.
“There is swift flow of water in the Ganga but since the head of the state is holding the ‘lota ulta’ it is not reaching there,” he said in a veiled attack on Kumar.
Referring to Bihar’s immense potential for growth of tourism, he said nothing was happening because of “vote bank politics”.