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Biharis shining, not Bihar, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi continues to challenge Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's claims of development in his election rallies across the state.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2010 09:34 IST
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Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi continues to challenge Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's claims of development in his election rallies across the state.

On Saturday, the last day of campaigning for 42 assembly seats going to polls in the fourth phase of elections on Monday, Gandhi addressed three rallies in Bachwara in Begusarai district, Jamalpur in Munger and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur, dismissing Kumar's claims that "Bihar is shining".

"They say Bihar is shining. If that is so, why do we see sons of this state in Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana and New Delhi?" he asked. "It is Biharis who are shining, not Bihar."

Gandhi has, in his previous rallies too, drawn parallels between Kumar's development claims and the flop "India Shining" campaign of the National Democratic Alliance in 2004.

"The same thing is happening here. But, come and see Bihar's villages, if it actually is."

Despite Kumar's claims, the people are still living without electricity, drinking water, health and good education, he said.

Gandhi also ridiculed Kumar's secular credentials saying he was exposed when he did not resign from the railway ministry in the wake of the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002.

He alleged that Kumar and RJD chief and former CM Lalu Prasad were both responsible for the sorry state of affairs "The time has come to rid the state of politics of caste and religion pursued by Prasad and Kumar and ensure all round growth," he said.