New Delhi: BJP on Friday claimed that the main
issue in Bihar elections were the achievements of the Nitish
Kumar-led NDA government and this had forced even the Congress
to accept, though grudgingly, that development had taken place
in the state.
"Universally, development is the issue in Bihar and we
are asking for votes on development. Even those criticising us
are asking for votes on this issue. Congress President Sonia
Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also said, knowingly
or unknowingly, that development is taking place though they
claim it is happening with their money," senior BJP leader M
Venkaiah Naidu said.
He maintained that till now Bihar elections were
associated with caste, religious and regional affiliations of
voters and candidates but the situation was different this
Naidu said the Nitish Kumar-Sushil Modi NDA government
in the state had brought about development, improved law and
order, given uniforms to students, cycles to school-going
girls and provided drinking water, among other amenities.
BJP insisted that the claim of Gandhi and Singh that
Central funds had brought about a change in the state.
"This money of the people which was collected by the
state and sent to Delhi. The Centre has to send back the share
of the state. This is not the personal property or charity of
any person or party," Naidu said.
He claimed that the welfare schemes and law and order
situation in the state were "head and shoulders" above that of
the "jungle raj" that prevailed during RJD regime, be it under
Lalu Prasad or Rabri Devi "courtesy support of the Congress".
Asked about the shortcomings in the state, Naidu said,
"It is not possible to do everything in five years...But our
assessment is that we will get a clear-cut majority as the
people want this development to continue."
On the issue of boycott by a section of the electorate
during the first phase of polling yesterday, the senior leader
maintained that this happens in every state and during most