Banka, which is one among Bihar’s Left wing extremists-affected districts, witnessed the arrival of a prime minister after a gap of more than two decades, after the late Chandrashekhar visited the town as PM, locals said.
Modi also targeted CM Nitish Kumar, saying there are people who question the Centre’s special package for Bihar. Which segment of the society do they come from?
“Whether it would be appropriate to give even a single rupia to the present government, as not even a single paisa would reach the people”, the Prime Minister asked to the gathering. When the crowd yelled ‘no, ‘ he asked: “Hasn’t he cheated you”.
If it falls short, it would be a big blow, especially because Modi has associated his own reputation so closely with the campaign, even recently announcing a Dollars 19 billion (Rs 1.25 lakh crore) economic package for the state, the Carnegie scholars wrote.
He was referring to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to return Rs 5 crores donation given by Modi when he was Gujarat chief minister for Kosi flood relief.
India can not develop without Bihar being developed.
“The government has emptied its coffers for Bihar’s development, and this is no favour, this is Bihar’s and its peoples’ right”, he added. “Our vision document is a charter for development”, said Jaitley. Questioning Modi’s promise to give jobs to 2 crore youths every year, Lalu said the youths can no longer be fooled by jumlas (idioms). “They are the people who are in direct contact of voters and if workers get properly mobilised then more than the battle is won”, said the leader.
The Prime Minister went on to list the steps taken by his government, which assumed office in May 2014, in creating a social safety net and encouraging self-employment.
He further said that BJP’s large pre election rallies would certainly not help them to win the elections.
Modi said that Bihar was a hub of revolutions and the country’s development was not possible without the State achieving it. Slamming the Nitish Kumar government, Modi said, “Abhi jo Bihar sarkar hai, unka ahankaar to itna hai ki agar mai kuch bheju bhi to woh wapas kar den”.
“I will not campaign for any such party candidate in the Bihar assembly polls”, said Singh, a former union home secretary and a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Ara.