Bihar polls: Nitish backstabbed a Dalit Chief Minister, says PM Modi in Sasaram
Sasaram: Scaling up his 'jungle raj' pitch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today warned that RJD chief Lalu Prasad will "remote control" the affairs in the state if the grand alliance came to power in Bihar.
Addressing a rally in Sasaram, the constituency of Dalit leader late Jagjivan Ram, he also trained his guns on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for getting Jitan Ram Manjhi removed as Chief Minister of the state and accused him of "backstabbing" Dalits.
Manjhi, who now heads Hindustan Awam Morcha (Secular) and is an NDA ally, was also on the stage when Modi attacked Kumar on the issue of Dalits.
"His arrogance will defeat him. He has committed the sin of backstabbing the son of a Dalit. He backstabbed him for personal gains," Modi said.
A day after he asked the electorate in Bihar not to allow Prasad, 'possessed by a devil', to play any role in state affairs, he alleged that the RJD Chief now wants to control the government from outside since he cannot fight the polls himself.
"Why is Laluji out of the poll race this time? What has he done that he is not able to contest the polls and why has he been kept out of the race? What crime did he do that the Indian judicial system had to keep him out of the electoral race? He now wants to run Bihar through remote control. He says that he is a 'big boss' and he can make anyone dance to his tune," Modi said reminding people of the conviction of Prasad in the fodder scam.
BJP has been targeting the grand alliance saying with Prasad being a part of it, there will be 'jungle raj 2' in Bihar if the combine came to power.
Modi also referred to recent incident of firing at a policeman in the state saying that it shows that Bihar is under the grip of crime. He said the state has reported over 4000 cases of kidnapping from January to July this year.
Nitish Kumar is seeking a third term as Chief Minister on the ground that law and order in the state under him has improved.
Modi also targeted all the three parties of the alliance -- JDU, RJD and Congress -- on the issue of governance asking as to what development they carried out in last sixty years when they ruled the state.
Modi said all the parties in the grand alliance have fought each other at different points of time and have now come together only for power.
He exhorted the people to give the BJP-led NDA a chance and bring in development in the state saying it has suffered in the last 60 years.
"What work did you do in last 60 years," Modi asked the grand alliance partners even as he said that in next Lok Sabha polls in 2019 he will go before the people with a report card of what he has done in five years.
"How many youths migrated from the state. How many factories shut in the last 60 years. How many hospitals still don't have doctors and how many schools still don't have teachers. The only road to get rid of this jungle raj is vikas raj (development)," Modi said.