Muzaffarpur, July 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP)poll campaign for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. Addressing a rally in Muzaffarpur, the Prime Minister slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for stalling development in the state. Modi made a strong poll pitch, urging the people to vote for BJP in the upcoming elections. Wooing the people, Modi promised to allot Rs 375000 crore over five years for development, 24 hours electricity and gas pipeline for all the household in the state. Also Read - Congress Releases First List of 13 Candidates For West Bengal Assembly Elections | Full List Here
The rally was attended by a supporters and party workers in huge numbers.”If political pundits reflect on the amount of people gathered here in Muzaffarpur, it will become clear who is forming the next government in the state,” he said. Modi urged the people to vote for BJP in th estate to link the state with development. Showing the Central government’s role in improving the comditions in th estate, Modi said “The earlier government used to allot 1.5 lakh crore for Bihar. But the NDA government has allotted 3.75 lakh crore for development in Bihar. Also Read - BJP Candidates List For West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021
Modi fiercely criticised the JD(U)-RJD alliance. “This alliance makes me remember the horrific days of ‘jungle raj’ under Lalu Prasad Yadav,” he added. In his poll rhetoric, Modi struck heavily at Nitish Kumar, accusing him of making a deal with the devil. “This alliance is all about crime, ‘jungle raj’, loot, ransom and goondaism,” Modi said. (ALSO READ: Narendra Modi shares stage with Nitish Kumar, launches slew of schemes in Bihar) Also Read - ‘200% Confident of Victory’: Suvendu Adhikari Says Will Defeat Mamata Banerjee by Over 50,000 Votes in West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021
Targeting Nitish Kumar over leaving the NDA in 2013, Modi said “If you had personal grievance with me, you could had admonish me in a closed room. But what make you to boycott the path of development and cause the people of Bihar to suffer. “You wanted Modi not to enter Bihar. But after the Lok Sabha elections, you understood what Modi could do in Bihar. Every moment spent by me here is frustrating the chief minister,” he added.
Calling Nitish Kumar a hypocrite, Modi said “Your chief minster is the same man who promised he would not ask for votes if electricity does not reaches the villages in Bihar. There is no electricity in the rural region. Yet, he is asking for votes. Should you vote for such a leader?”
Modi took a jibe at Nitish Kumar’s cryptic message on Twitter earlier in the week, where he allegedly referred to Lalu Prasad Yadav as poison. “There is no discussion on development,law and order etc but on snakes and poison. These two should sit and decide who is what. You both decided between yourselves who is poison and who is snake. The people of Bihar want water to drink,” Modi said.
In what could be deemed as a casteist appeal, Modi appeared requesting the people of Bihar to reject Nitish Kumar who had deliberately expelled former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi for being a ‘mahadalit’.
Before Modi’s address, Jitan Ram Manjhi lashed out at Nitish Kumar calling him a ‘Ravana’. “I am the ‘vibheeshan’ who is set out to destroy the rule of ‘Ravana’. Manjhi’s Hindustan Awami Morcha willl jointly contest the election with BJP along with Ram Vila Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). The Bihar elections are scheduled later in the year. The Election Commission has proposed to conduct the elections in three phases in October-November.