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Bihar polls: Narendra Modi counts his three rivals, wonders why Nitish sang from ‘3 Idiots’

"Does India need mantra-tantra or loktantra?" the PM asked his audience, with them shouting out their support for the latter.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | Sitamarhi |
Updated: October 28, 2015 1:33:16 pm
Modi, Sitamahari, Grand Alliance Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public meeting in Sitamarhi, Bihar on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

Even as he said that development was his only platform in the assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday used it to tease and taunt his opponents at Sitamarhi.

“I thought this Mahaswarthbandhan had three allies – RJD, JDU and the Congress. But I wonder why in his first mushaira itself Nitish babu sang a song from Three Idiots….Keep practicing, you will get a lot of opportunities after the 8th (of November),” said the PM. He was referring to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s press conference on Monday, where he recited a parody of a song from the film Three Idiots.

PM Modi did not return to his claim about proposed changes in reservation policy, widely condemned for being allegedly communal and made on Monday at Buxar, but instead chose to dig out references to a video shot in early 2014 to make it seem Chief Minister consulted a black magician ahead of polls.

The PM did not use the Lok-tantrik suffix he used for Kumar at rallies on Sunday but found other ways to hit back. “If a family member falls ill and everything you do fails, you will take the person to a black magician however arrogant or highly educated you are,” said Modi.

“Does India need mantra-tantra or loktantra?” the PM asked his audience, with them shouting out their support for the latter.

“You have to decide whom to entrust your future with,” the PM asked, with the crowd chanting his name. Modi answered that they should trust those who give them development; he had come bearing the message of development.

The PM reminded the crowd that when he was in the district to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, he had promised a Rs. 50,000 package for the state if he formed the government. Pointing out that he had already allocated Rs. 1,65,000 crores for the state, Modi said Kumar was not keeping his promises: “Hamare Nitishbabu ne wada kiya tha. That he would not come to ask for votes if he did not set the power situation in the state alright.”

Modi promised to electrify all the villages of the state by 2019 and all households by 2022; he said that his government had already set aside funds for the same.

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