Lok Sabha elections 2019: Bihar grand alliance is ‘fake’, says PM Modi
The Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, led by former BJP ally Upendra Kushwaha and the Hindustani Awami Morcha of Jitin Ram Manjhi, among others, comprise the opposition, termed as the Grand Alliance.Updated: May 01, 2019, 07:48 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called the Grand Alliance in Bihar a “fake alliance”, and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will demolish “the shopping malls erected with corrupt sources of income” in the state, if elected to power.
The prime minister was speaking at a rally Patahi airstrip in Bihar, when he said that the alliance is “Maha Banawati (extremely artificial or fake)” and added, “Some of its champions who are on bail will soon land in the jail.”
The BJP is in an alliance with the Janata Dal (United) led by chief minister Nitish Kumar, and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party, in Bihar, a state with 40 Lok Sabha seats.
The Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, led by former BJP ally Upendra Kushwaha and the Hindustani Awami Morcha of Jitin Ram Manjhi, among others, comprise the opposition, termed as the Grand Alliance.
“It is the endeavour of the NDA [National Democratic Alliance] to tighten the noose around corrupt politicians, which will continue if voted to power and we will leave no stone unturned in demolishing the shopping malls erected with corrupt sources of income. They will have to show the source of income or get ready to be demolished by the competent agencies,” said Modi.
Modi was referring to the IRCTC hotels for land scam in which the former railway minister’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and younger son Tejashwi Yadav have been named as accused and benami properties allegedly belonging to them have been seized.
In response to Modi’s rally, former chief minister from RJD Rabri Devi said, “The Prime Minister is spreading terror through his fiery speeches, not even caring for the sanctity of the post he is holding. He has stooped so low that he has begun terrorising those opposing him by threatening to send them to jail. All Biharis are not coward like Nitish Kumar and will not take things lying down.”
Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, among others, were also present at the rally.
Five seats in the state will be polling on May 6, the fifth phase of the seven-phased general elections.
These include Muzzafarpur, Saran and Hajipur, among others.