The takeaway from Bhagalpur rally was clear that Modi was not going to digress from development agenda. He was not provoked with Lalu Prasad’s posers at Patna rally on fervent caste appeal.
“The GDP under the Government of India is falling. Sensex has fallen. I think he is definitely disturbed otherwise why should a Prime Minister speak like this,” Kumar told reporters at a press conference.
Its debut rally was a riposte to Modi, the grand alliance in Bihar seemed to lack a voice of its own.
“Nitish Kumar is organising a ‘Swambhiman rally’ by joining hands with those who soiled the honour and self-respect of Bihar,” said Sushil Kumar Modi.
Nitish Kumar’s announcement comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to set up a mega-skill university in Bihar.
Elaborating on the 7 points in his development plan, Nitish Kumar highlighted five new programmes for youths, who constitute the bulk of the state’s population.
Nitish will have to make a choice and do the balancing act he has been doing for sometime. He perhaps wants the best of both worlds
Calling the Central government “confrontationist”, Arvind Kejriwal accused it of deliberately giving a thumbs down to Delhi government’s every move.
The presence of Kejriwal is also seen as an attempt to stir youths in favour of Kumar and to boost his image.
Gadkari said Nitish’s statements are born out of frustration as a certain defeat is staring at him and people are comparing the NDA’s package with his government’s failure.
The Congress now finds itself in a spot as it is locked in a bitter tussle with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and its leader is set to campaign for the alliance in which it is a partner.
He termed the PM’s package an “outrageous act of auctioning the trust of the people of Bihar”.
On his part, Shatrughan Sinha has been peeved at not being given any key role in the 2015 Bihar assembly poll campaign.
Sunday’s programme came five days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced sanctioning of a whopping Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for the poll-bound state.
“Not a single MW or unit of electricity is generated by Bihar government owned power plants. The entire power supply to Bihar is being met by the Centre,” Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said.