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Bihar: special to Modi?

Bihar: special to Modi?

Jahanabad, Bihar: in his speech here yesterday, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi promised special category state status for Bihar besides a special package and special attention. This may be bad news for the JD[U] and Nitish Kumar the present CM of Bihar who made the special status category the very core of his politics in Bihar. Modi also made what is seen as the favourite of Nitish Kumar – ‘India cannot move forward without Bihar. The NDA wants Bihar to move forward and attain heights so that India also becomes a strong and prosperous nation,’ he said.

Narendra Modi had scathing remarks on the state government on the issue of crime. “The common people have suffered as tourist inflow has diminished in the wake of Patna and Bodh Gaya blasts,” Modi said. In Ara, Modi said if the BJP is voted to power, he would try to uproot corruption from the society and show the people and the world how a government should be run. He also made a strong claim – ‘Neither the JD (U) nor the Congress-RJD combine would be able to open their account in the state this time.’’ Terming the Congress-RJD alliance a ‘bhrasht bandhan (corrupt alliance), Modi promised Bihar a special package if NDA comes to power at the Centre, a move seen as aimed at countering criticism by former ally JD(U) which rules Bihar. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had attacked the BJP manifesto for being silent on Bihar’s demand. Modi, who addressed public meetings at Bikram, Ara and Jehanabad, said just as western India was one arm of the country, states like Bihar would be the other arm. Modi claimed Congress would draw a blank in many states. “We will give Bihar a special package if NDA comes to power. I have been talking about strengthening eastern part of India on parity with western part. Bihar would be another arm of India,” he said.

In a reference to Nitish, Modi said: “Some people’s arrogance remains on seventh moon. But no arrow (the JD(U) election symbol) will hit the target.”  Invoking Bihar pride, something Nitish always talks of, Modi said Bihar had “Saraswati (knowledge and education) and Gujarat had “Lakshmi (riches)”. “Just imagine what would come out if the two meet.”  In Jehanabad, Modi slammed Nitish as well as the UPA government at the Centre for “inadequate facilities” for soldiers.

 

 

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