Stepping up his attack against RJD chief Lalu Prasad for allegedly violating the model code of conduct,Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday called him a “habitual lawbreaker and offender” who would “never improve”.
“He acts like that,speaks like that,he is a habitual lawbreaker and offender and enjoys breaking laws and rules,” Kumar told reporters after casting his vote here,about 55 kilometres from Patna.
He was commenting on FIRs being registered against the RJD chief and his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi,for taking their security personnel along with them while casting their vote at a booth in Patna.
“Breaking the law is not a matter of bravery,but there are people who are in the habit of doing so as they enjoy it.”
Holding that Prasad would “never improve,” Kumar said,”Everybody should follow rules. There are personnel available at booths to guide voters on what to do and what not to do.”
On Lalu’s’s claim that he had an “agreement” with the people to rule for 20 years,Kumar said,”The term of that agreement has expired. Lalu and his wife ruled Bihar for 15 years and thereafter shared power with the Congress at the Centre for the next five years. Now his agreement with the people has expired. Nobody wants to renew the agreement with Lalu as time has gifted far better and competent persons than him,” he said.
Describing himself “as an architect of Bihar”,the chief minister said,”If an architect is changed,will it be possible to complete the design as the building will crumble even without an earthquake. I want another term to complete the unfinished task,” he said,adding he was confident of the people ensuring the victory of the NDA.
He described the personal remarks made by Lalu and Rabri Devi against him as “a reflection of sheer desperation and disappointment with defeat staring them in the face.”
Kumar also utilised the opportunity to take on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi charging them with adopting “hit-and-run” tactics.
“If they are at all interested,we are ready for a debate on development and the quantum of the central assistance the state received from the UPA government during the past five years,” he said.
Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi also castigated Prasad for taking his commandos inside the booth and said,”Prasad doesn’t have any respect for law and norms.”
“At times,we also feel he tries to gain cheap publicity by indulging in such acts,” Modi said.
Earlier,Modi cast his vote at a booth in Rajendra Nagar under Bankipore assembly constituency in Patna.