Ahead of Lok Sabha polls,Nitish Kumar talks growth,woos minorities

He stressed on the minority-friendly schemes offered by his government in Bihar.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 21, 2013 10:01 pm

Steering clear of mentioning his former ally BJP as well as its PM candidate Narendra Modi,Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took potshots at both Friday when he stressed on the need for “inclusive growth” in the country.

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Delivering a lecture on the ‘Idea of India’ at the National Commission of Minorities,Nitish said,“Sometimes,a blower is used to create a wind and people think it is natural.

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Wind generated from a blower cannot counter the natural wind and the natural wind of this country is that of peace and brotherhood. That is the idea of India. If somebody wants to tamper with it,it will not be tolerated.”

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He stressed on equal rights for all,the need to embrace religious symbols,and the minority-friendly schemes offered by his government in the state. He also emphasised on the need for “inclusive growth”,a subtle swipe at Modi who has been accused of engineering selective development in Gujarat.

There were also other tacit references to Modi in Kumar’s speech,including his statement that riots “whether in Muzaffarnagar,Bhagalpur or Gujarat are a blot”.

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