PATNA: Addressing a seminar here on good governance, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “utter failure” of his Swachh Bharat campaign.
Even after spending crores of rupees on advertisements for the campaign, not even a single road or lane has become clean, Kejriwal alleged. Now the youth are losing confidence in the government at the Centre, he added.
The AAP leader, who arrived here on the invitation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, also criticised the way Modi had announced his `1,25,000-crore special package, saying that it appeared like an attempt to buy the people of the state. “I know the people of Bihar are not so cheap,” he said.
It was a few days ago that Kejriwal invited Nitish to a function organised to honour some eminent Bihari people living in the national capital.
Nitish is eying the support of some 16 lakh migrants from Bihar settled in Delhi. Most of them are likely to visit their home state for the upcoming Assembly elections. The AAP has decided not to contest the polls so that “secular votes” wouldn’t get divided.
Speaking at the programme, Nitish praised the AAP chief and assured support to his demand for full statehood to Delhi.
Senior BJP leader Nand Kishor Yadav termed Kejriwal’s visit as part of Nitish’s move to send a message to Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress, alliance patners of the JD(U). When he reached the Patna airport, Kejriwal was shown black flags by some activists claiming to be social activist Anna Hazare’s supporters. Later in the day, he visited Bodh Gaya along with Nitish.
The AAP leader supported Nitish’s demand of special category status for Bihar and described Modi’s `1.25 lakh crore package for the state as an attempt to buy over the people of Bihar. The Delhi Chief Minister, who shared the dais with Nitish, lauded Bihar government’s good governance.