'We will give
special package if NDA comes to power', said Modi
BJP’s PM aspirant Narendra Modi has promised Bihar a special package if NDA comes to power at the Centre, a move seen as aimed at countering criticism by former ally JD(U) which rules
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had attacked the BJP manifesto for being silent on Bihar’s demand.to help us personalise your reading
Modi, who addressed public meetings at Bikram, Ara and Jehanabad, said just as western
was one arm of the country, states like Bihar
would be the other arm.
In Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency where BJP has fielded Ram Kripal Yadav, once a close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti, Modi said promoting only one’s family was the biggest threat to democracy. He attacked AICC president Sonia Gandhi saying she was keeping the
chair “warm” for Rahul Gandhi.
Modi claimed Congress would draw a blank in many states. “We will give
Bihar a special package if NDA comes
to power. I have been talking about strengthening eastern part of India on parity
with western part. Bihar would be another arm of India,” he said.
In an apparent reference to Nitish, Modi said: “Some people’s arrogance remains on seventh moon. But no arrow (the JD(U) election symbol) will hit the target.” Invoking Bihar pride, something Nitish always talks of, Modi said Bihar had “Saraswati (knowledge and education) and
Gujarat had “Lakshmi (riches)”.
“Just imagine what would come out if the two meet.” In Jehanabad, Modi slammed Nitish as well as
the UPA government at the Centre for “inadequate facilities” for soldiers.