GAYA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday afternoon promised to cure what he called BIMARU Bihar with development pill in five years time.
Tearing into the ruling Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the people of Bihar to use the upcoming assembly polls as an opportunity to “free themselves from the jungle raaj” by electing a BJP-led government to and develop and modernize the state.
“You have actually suffered their arrogance, deceit and exploitation for the last 25 years. Do you want such a rule to continue for another five years,” the Prime Minister asked at a mass rally.
“These elections are an opportunity for you to free yourselves from the jungle raaj. … You have actually so far seen jungle raaj … If you allow jungle raaj part two, it will only spell further disaster for the state,” Modi said.
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Near chaos prevailed shortly before the PM’s arrival, as like his past meeting, overenthusiastic supporters broke several wooden barricades and moved dangerously closed to the area to have actually a closure look. The police initially resorted to mild cane charge but Union minister Ram Bilas Paswan intervened to stop police action. Dozens of chairs too were broken in the melee.
The first thing the PM did after reaching the podium was to appeal to the supporters to climb down, as he (PM) would certainly be in trouble in case of any accident, an appeal that went unheeded as more more and more supporters scaled the bamboo in monkey fashion. The PM gave up and continued with his speech.
Taking a jibe at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad over his conviction in the fodder scam, he said “those who go to jail, come out learning bad things.”
He said while the RJD stands for ‘rozana jungle raaj ka dar’ (daily fear of jungle raaj), the JD(U) stood for ‘janata ka daman-utpidan’ (suppression and oppression of the people).
The Prime Minister also attacked the JD(U)-RJD combine over the recent murder of a BJP activist in Patna, saying “this is the beginning of jungle raaj part two. Do you want this to come back?”
“The time has actually come to put an end to this jungle raaj and to this (JD(U)-RJD) government, which is filled with arrogance. These people have actually ruled the state for 25 years, they have actually destroyed the lives of people…
“The youth here leave their aged parents to go out of the state for employment. Do we need such a government? Can JD(U) and RJD be handed over the reins of power for one more term,” he asked the gathering which shouted back a resounding ‘no’.
Observing that Bihar was part of the BIMARU states, Modi said BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were able to usher in development and bring the states out of the BIMARU status.
BIMARU denotes the backward states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Referring to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi and CP Thakur and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan who were present on the dais, the Prime Minister said these were experienced leaders who can take Bihar on the path of progress.
“Give us five years, we will ensure that Bihar gets out of the ‘BIMARU’ category,” he said, adding that under the BJP’s leadership, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have actually come out of it and were progressing on the path of development, like BJP-ruled Haryana and Gujarat.
“Looking at the crowd of people here (at the rally) and the route all along the airport, I can clearly see that the people of Bihar have actually already taken two decisions — one, that they want development and want Bihar to become a modern and strong state. The other that they have actually decided to change …. they want freedom from exploitation, arrogance and deceipt that they have actually been suffering from in the last 25 years,” the Prime Minister said.
“See what has actually been done to Bihar in these years. … They (ruling alliance) have actually drunk poison. Do you want them to spew the venom on you after the elections,” he asked.
Addressing the gathering before Modi, BJP President Amit Shah also castigated the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar for spending Rs 300 crore on publicity and advertisements.
“Nitish Kumar claims to be socialist. But this money, which was spent to boost his image, could have actually been spent to provide the people with electricity, drinking water and healthcare facilities,” Shah said.
He attacked Lalu Prasad’s RJD for calling a ‘bandh’ a few days ago which led to shutting down of shops and other establishments and damaging property.
“If Bihar wants development like MP, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana, then you have actually to elect the BJP-led NDA to power,” the BJP chief said.
The rally ended with Har Har Mahadev slogan raised by Union minister Giriraj Singh.
(With inputs from PTI)