Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said that despite Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s “hatred against the Centre”, the NDA government has been working towards giving the state a “Rs 20,000 crore special package”. BJP president Amit Shah, meanwhile, said more than 90 BJP workers in Bihar would spread the message of Nitish and Lalu Prasad’s “unholy alliance” to the masses.
The two BJP leaders were addressing a massive workers’ meet at Gandhi Maidan to launch the party’s campaign for the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections, due in October-November.
In a speech in which he invoked B R Ambedkar’s contribution to “parliamentary democracy” and Jai Prakash Narayan’s call for “total revolution”, Rajnath, addressing Nitish, said, “Your hatred for the Centre will have no bearing on the BJP, which is committed to taking Bihar along in its stride by working on a Rs 20,000 crore special package.”
Referring to the recent controversy after photos of cheating went viral during the matriculation examination, he said, “What has happened to Bihar?” He added that the Nitish-Lalu alliance would take Bihar back to the “bad old days”.
Rajnath also spoke about the issue of national security, saying that before the NDA came to power, the BSF had instructions to wave the white flag if there was firing from the Pakistan side. “Though I have still instructed our forces not to start firing, they have clear instructions to give a befitting reply to firing from Pakistan, which has now been sending SoS to the UN,” he said.
Taking a dig at Lalu over the Janata Parivar merger, Shah said, “Your Janata merger is of no consequence as zero plus zero is zero.” He also said Nitish had stalled Bihar’s progress and failed to open 12 closed sugar mills. “I bet that not an inch of land would go to any corporate house because of the land acquisition bill,” said Shah. He added that the BJP would fight polls only under Narendra Modi’s leadership.
Bihar BJP legislature party leader Sushil Kumar Modi asked people to vote for the party in the Assembly polls so that the state government could work in tandem with the Centre.
The workers’ meet had its share of hiccups. BJP Buxar MP Ashwini Kumar Choubey walked out after he did not find his name on list of speakers.