Attacking Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Nitish is “too arrogant” to be trusted with governance and asked people to back development agenda of BJP to change the state’s fortunes.
Addressing his first public rally after announcement of assembly polls, Modi wooed the youth and the poor promising to address the issue of migration for employment and told them that the solution to all their problems lie in development.
The Prime Minister also took a dig at his rivals for doubting the delivery of the financial package for Bihar announced by him. “Some people are raising questions on the Rs 1.65 lakh crore package announced by me. They are asking whether it will come or not. Should a single rupee be given to the present government. Will it reach you? “Even if I give it, his (Nitishs) arrogance is so much that he may even return it. I am worried that even if I give the Rs 1.65 lakh crore to the state, he will announce that he does not require this money as it has been given by Modi. I cannot trust him,” he said, recalling that an angry Kumar had returned the Rs 5 crore relief announced by Gujarat for the flood-affected in Kosi.
The Prime Minister also asked former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who shared the dais with him, whether he can trust Kumar after he ousted him from the top job in the state some months after having appointed him.
“Nobody can trust him after what he did to Jitan Ram Manjhi. People of Bihar cannot trust him,” Modi said.
He also countered the attack of his rivals on his announcement of a huge package for Bihar, saying he was not doing any favour to Bihar as has been alleged.
“The government in Delhi is not doing any favour to anyone. This is the right of Bihar and its people, which I am trying to provide unlike in the past. I am fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me,” he said, adding, “This is not Modis money, it belongs to Bihar and its people.”
Holding that Bihar has seen all kinds of isms like fuedalism, capitalism, separatism and dynastyism, he said, “it is time that people of the state should vote for vikasvaad (development).”
Appealing to youth to turn up in large numbers to cast their vote for NDA in the ensuing Bihar assembly polls, he said stressing that Bihars development was linked to the country’s progress.