Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the JD-U and RJD on Sunday, saying Bihar could be saved from a “jungle raj” only if the people vote for the BJP in the assembly polls later this year.
Addressing a “parivartan rally” in Gaya ahead of the polls expected to be held in October, Modi said, “This election in Bihar is going to be a festival of getting rid of jungle raj.”
He targeted Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, saying their stints in Bihar had set back the development of Bihar. “Jungle raj part 2 will ruin everything,” Modi said.
Modi said Lalu Prasad had spent time in jail, who had been convicted in the fodder scam. “If someone goes to jail, what does he learn? Does he learn anything good or does he come back with bad things?” he told a gathering of thousands.
He remarked that RJD stood for “Rozana Jungleraj ka Darr” (daily fear of jungle raj) and the JD-U for “Janata ka daman aur utpeedan” (suppression and exploitation of the people).
Elaborate security arrangements were made for the rally. More than 3,000 policemen and officials were deployed to ensure it passed off smoothly.
Modi said people will have to vote keeping two factors in mind – to usher in a new and modern Bihar and to bring about change. Bihar's future, he said, will be ruined if the JD-U retains power. “I am with you to change Bihar's fortune,” he added.
Pointing to the state’s rich heritage, he said, “India's cultural heritage starts with Bihar. Here, dreams have been shattered by those drunk on power...If the BJP is voted to power, I promise to take Bihar out of the list of BIMARU states in five years.”
He added: “There are more engineers in states that are smaller than Bihar. Who is to be blamed? Around four to five lakh youths of Bihar leave behind their home, their parents, their friends for education.”
BJP chief Amit Shah, who spoke before Modi, said the people of Bihar must pledge to drive out the jungle raj and ensure the formation of a NDA government in the state. “Modiji wants electricity, water and employment to reach each and every village of Bihar,” he said.
The JD-U and RJD have come together to take on the BJP in the assembly polls, being seen as the most crucial election for the NDA since its victory in the Lok Sabha polls last year. The Congress has said it will back the JD-U and RJD.