BJP’s PM aspirant Narendra Modi has promised Bihar a special package if NDA comes to power at the Centre, a move seen as aimed at countering criticism by former ally JD(U) which rules Bihar. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had attacked the BJP manifesto for being silent on Bihar’s demand.
Modi, who addressed public meetings at Bikram, Ara and Jehanabad, said just as western India was one arm of the country, states like Bihar would be the other arm.
In Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency where BJP has fielded Ram Kripal Yadav, once a close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti, Modi said promoting only one’s family was the biggest threat to democracy. He attacked AICC president Sonia Gandhi saying she was keeping the Delhi chair “warm” for Rahul Gandhi.
Modi claimed Congress would draw a blank in many states. “We will give Bihar a special package if NDA comes to power. I have been talking about strengthening eastern part of India on parity with western part. Bihar would be another arm of India,” he said.
In an apparent reference to Nitish, Modi said: “Some people’s arrogance remains on seventh moon. But no arrow (the JD(U) election symbol) will hit the target.” Invoking Bihar pride, something Nitish always talks of, Modi said Bihar had “Saraswati (knowledge and education) and Gujarat had “Lakshmi (riches)”. “Just imagine what would come out if the two meet.” In Jehanabad, Modi slammed Nitish as well as the UPA government at the Centre for “inadequate facilities” for soldiers.
Apology to media for chaos at rally
Jamshedpur: Narendra Modi, who rarely interacts with the media, apologised to journalists Thursday in Jamshedpur for the inconvenience caused to them by those attending his rally. Modi apologised after people broke through barricades to enter an enclosure meant for the media and had altercations with some journalists. “Help the press; do not trouble them. These are people who have to run around more than us politicians during elections,” he said. ENS