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Gaya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his RJD ally Lalu Prasad, saying they together represented “jungle raj” and “poison” – and urged people to vote the BJP to power in the upcoming assembly elections.

Nitish Kumar led alliance to hold joint rallies
Nitish Kumar led alliance to hold joint ralli

Only a fortnight after he sparked a row with his “DNA” comment on Nitish Kumar, Modi launched another broadside against the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief at a rally here that drew thousands of supporters.

Both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad hit back promptly.

Nitish Kumar said Modi “has a habit of telling lies time and again”. And Lalu Prasad retaliated by saying that the prime minister was staring at defeat in Bihar because he (Lalu) had joined hands with Nitish Kumar.

In his speech, Modi warned people that “jungle raj” would return to Bihar if Lalu Prasad returned to power in the company of Nitish Kumar.

“I do not know who is Bhujang Prasad and who is Chandan Kumar. I do not know who is having poison and who is serving it,” Modi said, in reference to Lalu Prasad’s pledge to drink poison to derail the BJP in Bihar.

Modi also said the RJD-JD(U) alliance won’t last long.

“You have suffered their arrogance, deceit and exploitation for the last 25 years. Do you want such a rule to continue for another five years? I am here to appeal to you to vote for us to develop Bihar.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran said “jungle raj-II” will return to Bihar if his party was not voted to power.

Modi linked the murder of a BJP worker in Patna a few days ago as a sign of the likely return of “jungle raj.” He used the term “jungle raj” over a dozen times in his speech.

He blamed the 15 years of rule by Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi for Bihar’s backwardness. “When they ruled the state, hardly any development took place.”

Modi recalled describing the RJD as a “Rozana jungle raj ka darr” party. On Sunday, he said the JD(U) stood for “Janata ka daman aur utpidan”.

He promised that if the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance took power, Bihar will be out of the BIMARU tag.

“We will take Bihar out of BIMARU tag in the next five years by economic development like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.”

Modi also promised to develop Bodh Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, as a top tourist destination.

It was Modi’s second public rally after the one at Muzaffarpur last month where he started the BJP campaign.

Speaking in Patna, Nitish Kumar accused Modi of insulting Bihar and its people by calling it a ‘BIMARU’ or sick state.

“After insulting Biharis by questioning my DNA last month, Modi has again insulted Bihar and Biharis by terming it a BIMARU state,” he told the media.

Nitish Kumar insisted that Bihar was no more a BIMARU state. “It is an open secret.”

Experts once used to collectively describe undivided Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as “BIMARU” states to denote their backwardness. That terminology is presently not widely accepted.

Nitish Kumar said Modi had in a way threatened people by asking them to vote for the BJP if they desired help from the central government. “What kind of cooperative federalism is this?”

Describing the BJP as “Badka Jhootha Party”, he challenged Modi to prove his allegation that the JD(U) had spent Rs.300 crore on the election campaign.

“He should prove it as he has a habit of telling lies time and again.”

(IANS)

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Modi must speak up on violence against women, children: Rahul

During the protest, Gandhi slammed the Prime Minister over the repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao was “unacceptable”. He prodded him to speak.

He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party governments in these states of “protecting rapists”. “Mr Prime Minister, your silence is unacceptable. What do you think about the growing violence against women and children? Why are accused rapists and murderers protected by the state? India is waiting. Speak up,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

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Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi again on his inability to secure women and children. Wikipedia

In another tweet earlier, Gandhi thanked people who had taken part in the midnight protest in Delhi against the “slumber” that the Modi government was in and sought justice for the victims.

“Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women.

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“I thank each and everyone of you for your support. It shall not be in vain,” Gandhi said while attaching pictures of people who participated in the protest. Gandhi, who had led the protest Thursday night, was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra, hundreds of party workers and senior party leaders.

During the protest, Gandhi slammed the Prime Minister over the repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country. “We want the government to take action. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. Somewhere a child, a woman is raped, killed and we want that the government should resolve this. The women of the country should feel safe,” he had said. IANS

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