Nitish Kumar hits back at Narendra Modi, says Bihar is not BIMARU state
Soon after Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Gaya on Sunday, Bihar Chief Minister hit back at the Prime Minister saying that only speaking does not lead to development.
Patna: Soon after Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Gaya on Sunday, Bihar Chief Minister hit back at the Prime Minister saying that only speaking does not lead to development.
Addressing a press conference Nitish said, “The PM speaks. But development does not take place just by speaking,” and added, “The things Mr Modi has said doesn't befit the stature of a Prime Minister.”
Slamming PM Modi, Nitish said, “Bihar is no more a BIMARU state. PM should speak with correct facts at least. PM Modi called Bihar 'sick', insulted its people.”
“BJP has no hand in development of Bihar. I am thankful he said this himself,” he further said.
On Modi's call to voters to elect an NDA government for rapid development of the state, Kumar said it went against the tenets of "cooperative federalism".
"He is threatening the people to vote for BJP. When states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were lifted out of BIMARU status some 10-12 years back, NDA was not in power at the centre," he said, as per PTI.
He also hit back at Modi for warning of a return of 'Jungle Raj' if JD(U)-RJD alliance were to come to power after the Assembly elections, reminding him of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's advice made in the aftermath of 2002 Gujarat riots to follow 'Raj Dharma'.
About Prime Minister's jibe at Kumar's alliance partner RJD chief Lalu Prasad's experiences in jail and that it would add to the dangers of voting their coalition to power in Bihar, the JD(U) leader shot back, asking,"What does he have to say about his own house?"
"The person whom he has made the party chief (Amit Shah) spent 7 months in jail himself. We consider jails as reformatories where even yoga is taught, but he thinks otherwise," he said.
The Bihar CM also raked the DNA issue saying that the PM should have taken back his comment.
At the same time he said that apart from being a Bharatiya Jumla Party, BJP was also a Badka Jhootha Party.
(With PTI inputs)