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Modi, Nitish clash over Bihar’s BIMARU tag, ‘jungle raj’ threat

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his aide Lalu Prasad Yadav strongly hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he said that the state should be free from 'Jungle Raj'.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted Nitish Kumar for allying with RJD, saying he was trying to drag the state back to the ‘jungle raj’, and asked the voters to reject such people as they “cannot be trusted” again.

Terming the BJP as ‘Bada Jhutha Party’, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said Bihar “is not a BIMARU state” as described by the PM. Countering Modi’s charge that “there has been no development” in Bihar for 25 years”, he added: “It is good that the BJP has dissociated itself from Bihar’s development.” The BJP and JD(U) were in government together for seven and a half years.

Accusing the PM of “insulting” people of Bihar, Nitish said, “His speech is unbecoming of the post he holds.”

“Those generating fear of ‘jungle raj-2’ are themselves afraid of ‘Mandal raj-2’. This election will be Mandal raj-2 versus kamandal raj-2,” Lalu Prasad said, referring to the return of the 1990 electoral fight that was dominated by the Mandal Commission report issue versus Ayodhya episode.

With Modi having referred to his term in jail, the RJD chief added, “The Prime Minister should ask his friend Amit Shah what else he has learnt from jail in addition to falsehood, mis-campaign and dividing people.”