Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the development issue again today to hit out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the first of his four rallies in Bihar. The BJP’s huge campaign push comes ahead of the third phase of the assembly elections in the state.
“Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad are answerable to the people for forcing people to leave the state. They made migrants of the youths of Bihar,” the PM said at the rally in Chapra.
“We have just one agenda for Bihar – development. We talk of development during our election rallies,” he said. Targetting the anti-BJP alliance comprising the Janata Dal United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, he added, “In their election rallies – they talk just about Modi, Modi, Modi.”
The Prime Minister made half-a-dozen promises to the people of the state.
For starters, he said, there is a three-point programme for Bihar — Bijli, sadak, paani (electricity, roads and water).
There will also be a three-point programme for the youth and the elderly, he said: “Yuvako ki padhai (education for the youth), Yuvako ki kamai (jobs for the youth) aur bujurgo ki dawai (medicines/healthcare for the elderly)”.
“If the BJP comes to power, we will form a committee to plan a resurgence for industry in Bihar,” he also added.
The Prime Minister, who will address 17 rallies over the next six days in Bihar, tweeted in the morning that the state was “all set for a change” and there was “phenomenal enthusiasm” for the coalition headed by his party, the BJP.