BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday made a scathing attack on his bête noir Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying it was his prime ministerial ambitions that drove him to break the alliance with the BJP.
Addressing a huge rally at the Rangbhumi maidan in Purnia he said “Why was the BJP-JD(U) alliance broken? Some said it was his habit to stab in the back. But we came to know about it four days ago, that the dream of becoming PM had robbed him of his sleep.”
Not stopping there, he added, “His arrogance is higher than Mount Everest. He says that nobody is as good a PM candidate as him.”
He also accused Nitish of returning the Rs 5 crore the Gujarat Government had sent as relief assistance for the 2010 Kosi flood victims, and asked if he would return the assistance for Bihar’s development in the same manner if the BJP came to power in Delhi.
He took a dig at the recently formed Congress- RJD alliance, terming it a “bhrasht-bandhan” (corrupt alliance) and said even cows and buffaloes are now afraid of it as they may get deprived of their fodder, a reference to Lalu Prasad’s conviction in the fodder scam.
He targeted the recent move for the formation of the Third Front, saying all these parties had saved the Congress Government at different points in time. Modi highlighted the findings of the Sachar Committee report and compared the figures of the socio-economic conditions of Muslims in Gujarat and Bihar before the audience.
In it, he highlighted that 45 per cent of Muslims in Bihar’s urban areas were poor, as opposed to Gujarat’s 24 per cent. In rural areas, he said, the figures for Bihar stood at 38 per cent, against seven per cent in Gujarat.
Making an attack on political parties for practicing so called politics of secularism, Modi said “I want to tell my Muslim brothers how they have been used for vote bank politics.”
Making his party position clear on the recent alliance he said, “The NDA is not in the fray just to form a government but a stable one. We always had a successful alliance.”
He also targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, saying “The Shehzada (prince) keeps making allegations, but isn’t willing to give any answers.” “In his speech across the country, why did he fail to give the report of the last 10 years of his government?” he asked. He also assured the audience that his government would give a special package, assistance and “special status” for the development of Bihar.