Patna: Disagreeing with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar statement that Maharajganj bypoll defeat was not a reversal for NDA as RJD merely retained the seat, BJP minister Giriraj Singh on Thursday said it was NDA debacle because voters were "aggrieved" over JD(U) comments on Narendra Modi.
"This is statement of `atma santushti` (self-satisfaction) ...It is a NDA defeat in Maharajganj by-election," Singh said disagreeing with Kumar`s comment that in Maharajganj RJD retained its seat and it was no drubbing for them.
Singh, who is Animal Husbandry minister in Nitish Kumar government, said one big reason for defeat of JD(U) candidate P K Shahi in Maharajganj was that voters were "aggrieved" over the aggressive comments of JD(U) against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
"This aspect shall not be ignored," Singh, a big supporter of Modi, said.
Kumar and JD(U) have time and again said that Modi is not acceptable to them as prime ministerial candidate due to Gujarat riot.
The Bihar BJP leader and MLC said that Modi would come to Patna in October to address `Hunkar rally`.
"Is there a curfew on entry of Modi in Bihar...He will 200 per cent welcome to address BJP Hunkar rally in October this year," Singh said adding "we need not seek permission from anybody for this".
Asked that Modi did not come to Bihar due to JD(U) resistance both in 2009 general election and 2010 assembly poll, Singh said "we did not feel his need at that time, but now he is needed and will come to Bihar definitely."