Patna (PTI): In Bihar to kickstart the poll campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said politics has hurt the state’s development and promised to give it a package “bigger” than Rs 50,000 crore which he had announced earlier.
Sharing dais with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who had parted ways with BJP for projecting him as Prime Ministerial candidate two years back, Modi took a jibe at JD(U)’s new partner RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying railway ministers who “came from here” after the Vajpayee government had “halted work”.
“The Chief Minister just gave a detailed overview of how much damage development suffers because of politics,” Modi said as he launched a power project here on his maiden visit since becoming the Prime Minister in June last year.
Referring to developmental projects initiated during the previous NDA government, he said, “The work which could have been completed during Atal ji (Behari Vajpayee’s) tenure took 2015 to be finished. I totally agree with Nitish ji that if the (Lok Sabha) polls (in 2004) had taken place six months later (than April-May), the work could have been completed then only,”
Modi said Nitish Kumar, who spoke before him, has high hopes from the central government and “we are working towards fulfilling the states’ needs by increasing allocation to states.”
He recalled that when came to the state before last year’s Lok Sabha elections, he had announced that Bihar will be given a special package of Rs 50,000 crore.
“Looking at our dreams for a prosperous Bihar, we will give a bigger package than Rs 50,000 cr. This is my promise,” the Prime Minister said, adding that he will make an announcment regarding this at the right time.
Modi attempting Lalu-Nitish divide: Lalu
Patna, July 25 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to create differences between him and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
After Modi lauded Nitish Kumar but targeted him and the Congress on Bihar’s development, the former chief minister said: “Modi is lauding one of us and attacking another. It is a clear strategy to divide us. But it will never succeed.”
Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have formed an alliance against the BJP in the coming Bihar assembly election.
Modi praises Nitish, targets Lalu and Congress
Patna, July 25 (IANS) In a clear bid to divide the anti-BJP opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lauded Chief Minister Nitish Kumar but targeted his allies RJD leader Lalu Prasad and the Congress on the issue of Bihar’s development.
Modi, who arrived here earlier in the day, referred to Nitish Kumar seven times in his speech here, praising him for his various requests and suggestions related to the development of Bihar.
Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have formed a grand alliance to defeat the BJP-led coalition in the upcoming Bihar assembly election.
Modi, who shared the stage with Nitish Kumar at the Veterinary College ground, admitted that he agreed with the chief minister that railway projects for Bihar started when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister were delayed after the Congress took power in 2004.
But Modi made no effort to spare Lalu Prasad and the earlier Congress-led UPA government – the RJD leader was its railway minister – for allegedly blocking and delaying some projects meant for Bihar.
Modi did not take Lalu Prasad’s name but made references to the railway minister then. But he attacked the Congress by name.
Modi made the comments after flagging off the Daniyawa-Biharsharif railway line and the Patna-Mumbai railway line here.
Modi also blamed the Congress-led UPA government for failing to complete the Barauni fertilizer factory and other projects in Bihar.
Modi was seen regularly interacting with Nitish Kumar during the inauguration and launch of different projects here and at the foundation day function of the ICAR here.
At another venue, Modi said development was the answer to all the plaguing the country ills including poverty, illiteracy and unemployment.
“There is no alternative to development. Development is the answer for all problems,” Modi said.
On a day-long visit to Bihar, Modi was received by Governor K.N. Tripathi and Nitish Kumar when he flew in here.
The prime minister said his government’s agenda was to develop eastern India including Bihar. “Unless Bihar is developed, the country cannot be developed.
“I will announce a special package for Bihar at the right time, not now,” he added.