AS Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had his first interaction with his Muslim constituency,after the split with the BJP,at the opening day of three-day annual urs at Manersharif dargah Friday evening,the state BJP was getting ready to distribute one lakh copies of Nitishs 2003 Kutch speech praising Narendra Modi.
The copies will be distributed during the party programmes in 141 Assembly segments,contested by the JD(U) in 2010 Assembly elections,from 29 June to 2 July. The JD(U) had won 115 seats and later three more MLAs had joined the party.
The BJP has 91 MLAs in the present House. It had contested 102 seats.
Although CM House sources said there was nothing unusual and political about Nitish attending the annual urs at the dargah,it was obvious that the chief minister would not let go any such opportunity to keep Muslims in good humour in his now obvious bid to become bigger leader of Muslims than Lalu Prasad.
Manersharif residents had nothing against the chief minister attending the annual urs giving message of peace and brotherhood,but they also demanded that the state government develop Jangali Mahadev,a place 8 km from Maner,which has the ashram of Shringi Rishi.
The place has been observing Vishnu Mahayagna these days,it would have sent across a right message among Hindus if the chief minister also goes there, said Navin Kumar,a Manersharif resident.
BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain told The Indian Express: We will expose pseudo secularism of Nitish Kumar. We will start playing up betrayal of mandate for the NDA right from Assembly segments contested by the JD(U) from June 29 to July 2.
Nitish Kumar will have an experience of real Opposition. We will also tell people how he has now become friend of the Congress,fighting against whom he had come to politics.
BJP state president Mangal Pandey said besides him,all top leaders including Sushil Kumar Modi,Ravishankar Prasad,Rajiv Pratap Rudy,Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and Nand Kishore Yadav would try to cover 30-35 Assembly segments in a day,holding separate public rallies.
JD(U) national spokes-person and Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwari said the BJP has been behaving like a frustrated party after losing power and has been engaged in an unwarranted attack on the JD(U).