Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is shining, but only in his own publicity materials. Like the NDA, of which his party JD (U) is a constituent, he will suddenly find that the people have rejected him.
This was the essence of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s addresses at three rallies in as many districts in the state on Monday.
He said at Ramnagar in West Champaran, Kuchaikote in Gopalganj and Jalalpur in Gaya – all three are going to the polls on October 28 – that while claiming India shining before the 2004 general elections, “they (the NDA) did not bother to go out and talk to farmers, tribals or Dalits”.
Gandhi said the same thing was happening in Bihar. While claiming that Bihar was shining, the state government never asked even itself why the people of the state had been going to Punjab or Maharashtra in search of jobs.
“They are telling what bureaucrats are feeding them. But you and I know that Bihar is not at all shining,” he said.
On Kumar, Gandhi’s said, “He is anti-minority. He was exposed when he did not resign from the railway ministry in the wake of the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat and is still shaking hands with the communal forces.”
Gandhi said despite Kumar’s tall claims on development, “nothing credible has been done in Bihar. The Dark Ages still prevail here as more than 15,000 villages in the state are yet to be electrified.”