Narendra Modi on Wednesday attempted to woo Yadavs, the largest caste group in Bihar, as he slammed “promotion” of meat production under UPA government and asked the community to stop supporting Lalu Prasad who has joined hands with Congress.
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate tried to connect with the community, saying he had come from Dwarka, a Gujarat
town refererd to as capital of Lord Krishna’s empire in Hindu mythology, and asked them what kind of leaders they are
supporting. Yadavs consider themselves as descendants of Krishna.
“You rear animals…. But with whom have your leaders allied in politics? They (UPA) take pride in slaughtering animals. I want to ask Mulayam Singh Yadav of UP and Lalu why are you supporting them.
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“We have a government in Delhi which will not give subsidy to a Yadav willing to rear animals but will give it to those who want to slaughter them,” he told an election rally. Yadavs are known for rearing cows and buffaloes for livelihood.
The country has heard of green revolution and white revolution but the Congress government is promoting “pink revolution” while doing nothing for farmers, he said.
Modi kept Chief Minister Nitish Kumar mostly out of his line of fire and instead focused on targeting Congress, which is in alliance with Lalu’s RJD and is seen as the main challenger to the BJP-led NDA in the state.
He took a jibe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s comment that the country did not need one ‘chowkidar’ but 125 crore Indians to watch over it, wondering if the likes of fodder scam convict Lalu and Ashok Chavan, whose name figured in Adarsh scam, will do it for him.
“You have given 60 years to Congress which has destroyed the country. I want to serve you as a servant and urge you to elect the candidates of BJP and our allies from all 40 seats in Bihar. We have to form a stable and strong government with 300 plus MPs,” he said.