Patna: Senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday criticised BJP for its euphoria over the victory in Haryana and Maharashtra and said Congress got over 400 seats in 1984 Lok Sabha polls but their downfall came within five years.
"They are going mad over victory in Haryana and Maharashtra close on heels of win in general election and making proud statement that now its turn of Bihar and Jharkhand...Victory is transient...Congress under Rajiv Gandhi had won 411 seats in 1984 election, but its downfall came within five years in 1989," Kumar said.
"31 per cent vote par 282 seat la kar and ab Haryana aur Maharashtra me jeet kar jhamak rahe hai itna chamakne ki kaya jaroorat hai...Rajniti me bahoot guman ki bate nahi honi chaiye...Kaal kaya hoga koi nahi jaanta (they are dancing over getting 282 seats from 31 per cent votes and now win in Haryana and Maharashtra, but in politics one should not become arrogant as nobody knows what will happen tomorrow)," he said.
Kumar, who is former Bihar Chief Minister, was addressing a JD(U) dharna here as part of statewide protest against Narendra Modi government going back on its poll promises of providing special category status, special package and special attention to Bihar.
JD(U) has signalled that special category status for Bihar would be its main poll plank in crucial Assembly election next year and today's day-long stir on the issue appears it is bracing for the state polls.
Pronouncing the prime minister's name for the first time from a public platform, Kumar said, "Narendra Modi had told people of Bihar during poll campaign in clear terms that if his party is voted to power it will provide special category status, special package and special attention...But five months have lapsed since he came to power but there is no sign of fulfilling the promises."