Saharsa: On a trip to galvanise his party in
Bihar ahead of the Assembly polls, Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi on Saturday accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of
maintaining a double face on relationship with BJP and
"Modi did not campaign in the last Assembly polls in
Bihar, but shortly after the election was over he (Kumar) was
sighted with Modi holding his hands at an NDA rally in Punjab
... Kumar is maintaining a double face before and after
polls," Gandhi said kicking off his party`s campaign.
He said Kumar had remained a union minister during the NDA
rule at the Centre even after the Gujarat riots, but his
government sat idle even when MNS chief Raj Thackeray
instigated attacks against migrants from Bihar and Uttar
Gandhi also criticised Kumar for objecting to the Gujarat
Chief Minister campaigning in Bihar.
The AICC general secretary slammed the chief minister for
his claim of developing Bihar and appealed to the people to
bring Congress to power to ensure all-round growth of the
"If development has at all taken place in Bihar, then why
are people migrating to Mumbai, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi for
livelihood," Gandhi asked.
"Wherever I visit - be it Mumbai, Punjab or Haryana - I am
informed about the plight of people from Bihar who have
migrated to those states for jobs," he said.
The Centre had provided more financial assistance to Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar than other states, and "it is unfortunate to
know that though funds reached Patna and Lucknow from Delhi,
these did not reach the poor in rural areas," he said.
Refuting Kumar`s charge of step-motherly treatment to
Bihar by the Centre, he said the UPA government had provided
funds to the tune of about Rs 19,000 crore for rural
development as against just Rs 3,000 crore given by the
erstwhile NDA government.
Narrating his experience in Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi said he
had been advised by some senior leaders of his party that his
spending time in that state for improving the prospects of
the party would go waste.
"But I decided to undertake the campaign and ensure the
party`s success in UP where people now take Congress as a
suitable choice to replace the present regime.
"Now similar situation prevails in Bihar. People look at
Congress as a great hope. We have to bring in change in the
state which was going in the reverse gear... Here development
is stagnant for the past over 20 years," he said adding
Congress will cater to the interests of every sections of the
society if voted to power.
Rahul prays for policemen in Maoist captivity
Rahul Gandhi said he prayed for well-being of the three policemen kidnapped by Maoist during a fierce encounter in Lakhisarai district.
"I pray for the policemen taken hostage by the Maoists
from Lakhisarai... I also pray for the one who was killed (by
the Maoists)," Gandhi told a rally here.
Three policemen were being held as captives by the
ultras while one of them, assistant sub-inspector Lucas Tete,
was killed by the Maoists and yesterday his bullet-ridden body
was recovered from Lakhisarai.