Modi mocks Nitish video, says democracy can’t run on black magic
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday raised the issue of a video clip showing Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with a black magician as he sought to embarrass rival ranks ahead of the third phase of assembly elections in the state.india Updated: Oct 26, 2015 14:03 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday raised the issue of a video clip showing Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with a black magician as he sought to embarrass rival ranks ahead of the third phase of assembly elections in the state.
“Till now I was under the impression there are only three players in the Grand Alliance. Nitishji, Laluji and Soniaji. Now I come to know there is a fourth player -- tantrik (sorcerer),” Modi said at an election rally at Chhapra.
“Democracy cannot be run on black magic but with people... Can anyone do such mischief with democracy?... Can a tantrik bring development for our young people”, said Modi.
The Prime Minister’s reference was to a video clip recently released by BJP leaders in which CM Kumar is seen meeting a tantrik to seek his blessings. The video has hence gone viral and is fast becoming an election issue in the remaining phases.
In the video, the tantrik is seen raising slogans in favour of Nitish Kumar and against his rival-turned-ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad.
Kumar’s JD(U) is yet to formally react to the video, but Prasad has dismissed it saying he was a “bigger tantrik” than anyone else.
Latching on to that remark, Modi said, “Since you always talk about ways of warding off demons and such things, you should change the party name from Rashtriya Janata Dal to Rashtriya Jadu Tona Dal.
Modi is also addressing three other campaign rallies in Bihar during the day as he resumes his big campaign push after a Dussehra break.
At the Chhapra rally, Modi switched back to playing his development card saying that was his only agenda in Bihar even while his rivals were mounting a personal attack on him.
“We have just one agenda for Bihar -- development. We talk of development in our election rallies. They talk only about Modi,” he said.
Hitting back at the Grand Alliance’s “Bihari versus Bahari (Bihari versus outsider)” barb to attack the BJP -- which is fighting the polls under the leadership of Modi and Amit Shah -- he took up the issues of migration and unemployment in the state.
“People of Bihar want to know who made the youths of Bihar outsiders (Bahari). Who pushed them outside Bihar. They destroyed two generations in Bihar in the last 25 years,” Modi said.
Blaming “bade bhaai (Prasad) and chhote bhaai (Kumar) for problems in Bihar, he said he would provide kamai, padhai, and dawai” (earning, education and medicines) for each family in the state.
Watch: BJP releases video of Nitish Kumar meeting a ‘tantrik’
The third of the five-phased assembly polls will be held on October 28, covering 50 constituencies and the six districts of Bhojpur, Buxar, Nalanda, Patna, Saran and Vaishali.