Not selfless, but 'selfie' leadership: Nitish on Modi's one year in power

  • Ashok Mishra, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2015 10:52 IST

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday slammed the Narendra Modi government over its "poor performance" in the last one year, saying that the only remarkable thing during the period was that the Prime Minister has more "selfies" than his ministerial colleagues combined.

"Modi has more selfies than all the ministers in his cabinet put together. People voted for a selfless leadership but they got selfie leadership," Kumar said in a blog written on completion of Modi's one year in office.

Kumar sarcastically said some of the selfies have created a new global recognition for India.

"It is typical reflection of more style than substance and more noise about nothing. There is nothing that can be called music of change to the ears of common man," he said.

He said, even the most articulate ministers and supporters of 'Modi Sarkar' did not have an answer to the question as to what has the government accomplished in one year. "Common people can tell as to what the government did not deliver. Ask a farmer, an unemployed youth, a housewife, an artisan, an informed citizen, an academician or even the people who voted for Modi a year ago - they will have no problem saying what the government did not deliver," he said.

Reacting to Modi's foreign tours, Kumar said the Prime Minister has probably visited more countries in the world than states in the country. He (Modi) has made more visits than the external affairs minister. Even then, the situation along Pakistan and China borders has turned worse," he said.

Criticizing the NDA government for its alleged failure to bring back black money, Kumar said that the promise of giving Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh to every poor person in the country and 5-10% of it as gift to tax payers has not been fulfilled.

Senior JD(U) leader and water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said the Narendra Modi government deserved only "zero" in terms of its performance in the first year. "After assessing its performance on domestic and foreign affairs front, we will give only zero out of 10 to the Narendra Modi government," he said.


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