Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said the BJP government might be talking of development from Delhi, but it is “busy making each other fight at ground level to achieve communal polarisation”.
He cautioned people of Kishanganj — which has a 73 per cent Muslim population — against the BJP’s attempts to disturb communal harmony through overt or covert propaganda. The town witnessed imposition of prohibitory orders in October after a cow’s head was found near a temple, leading to communal tension.
Speaking here during his ongoing Sampark Yatra to interact with party workers ahead of the 2015 Assembly elections, Nitish said, “It was the maturity of people — both Hindus and Muslims — that they did not fall into the trap and maintained communal harmony. You need to be alert against such conspiracies and rumours.”
He further exhorted party workers to expose the BJP’s “designs”. “If you find one BJP person saying something provocative to voters, five of you should go there to expose that person then and there,” he said.
Talking about his demand for special category status for Bihar, he said the BJP should not have “forced” Narendra Modi to “make promises on granting Bihar special package during his election campaign”. “Now that Modiji is PM, he has stopped talking about it. He is in fact doing injustice to Bihar by slashing Indira Awaas Yojana and MNREGA quota,” he said.