Bihar elections 2015: Modi praises Nitish, attacks Lalu and Congress
Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to create fissures in Biharâ€™s anti-BJP alliance when he praised his bÃªte noir and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar while attacking Lalu Prasad Yadav and the Congress Party. It must be kept in mind that Kumarâ€™s JDU, Yadavâ€™s RJD and the Congress party are fighting the forthcoming Bihar elections as alliance partners and Nitish is their chief ministerial candidate.
Many pre-poll surveys have given the secular alliance a head against Modiâ€™s BJP. Prime Minister Modi, who arrived here earlier in the day, referred to Nitish Kumar seven times in his speech here, praising him for his various requests and suggestions related to the development of Bihar.
Modi was very calculated in his attack. Modi, who shared the stage with Nitish Kumar at the Veterinary College ground, admitted that he agreed with the chief minister that railway projects for Bihar started when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister were delayed after the Congress took power in 2004. But Modi made no effort to spare Lalu Prasad and the earlier Congress-led UPA government – the RJD leader was its railway minister – for allegedly blocking and delaying some projects meant for Bihar.
While Modi did not take Lalu Prasad’s name but made references to the railway minister then. But he attacked the Congress by name. Modi made the comments after flagging off the Daniyawa-Biharsharif railway line and the Patna-Mumbai railway line here. Modi also blamed the Congress-led UPA government for failing to complete the Barauni fertilizer factory and other projects in Bihar.
There is no denying the fact that Nitish will have to do some explaining afterwards. Modi was seen regularly interacting with Nitish Kumar during the inauguration and launch of different projects here and at the foundation day function of the ICAR here. At another venue, Modi said development was the answer to all the plaguing the country ills including poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. “There is no alternative to development. Development is the answer for all problems,” Modi said.
It is yet to be seen if this visit will boost BJPâ€™s electoral prospects in the state. On a day-long visit to Bihar, Modi was received by Governor K.N. Tripathi and Nitish Kumar when he flew in here. The prime minister said his government’s agenda was to develop eastern India including Bihar. “Unless Bihar is developed, the country cannot be developed. “I will announce a special package for Bihar at the right time, not now,” he added.
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