Defending his government during the confidence vote in the Bihar Assembly, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today took the attack to the BJP, blaming the party for the end of their 17-year-long alliance. And he also had less than kind words for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
About the BJP
“In a democracy people talk and listen…It is now clear why the alliance has split. From the slogans used by BJP at the beginning of today’s session it is clear what situation will arise in the future,” Kumar told the Assembly.
The slogans he referred to were slogans supporting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that party MLAs shouted while entering the Assembly.
He blamed the BJP for not having any pride in the work the party had done in the state and criticised them for it, saying that party activists preferred to highlight the development done in another state.
‘You were not shouting slogans in support of Sushil Modi but of someone else,” he said.
The Bihar Chief Minister slammed the BJP over them claiming he had praised the Gujarat Chief Minister. He said that he had gone to Gujarat in 2003 as Railways Minister and since it was a formal function he had chosen to praise Modi. He pointed out that at that time as well he had criticised the communal riots in the state.
Kumar also blamed the BJP for allying with the JD(U) while it suited them.
“Why didn’t the BJP shout slogans praising the development of another state in 2005?” he said, questioning the sudden emergence of devotion to Narendra Modi.
He also pointed out that the BJP hadn’t needed Narendra Modi to campaign in the state in 2005 or 2010 to win the elections.
The Bihar CM had some strong words for the party, accusing him of betraying them as well.
“Those who don’t know how to treat their seniors shouldn't talk to us about betrayal,” Kumar said, criticising the party for its treatment of senior leaders like LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Kumar said that they had allied with the BJP only after they were assured of the fact that no communal issues would be on the agenda of the government.
About Narendra Modi
Nitish Kumar criticised the party’s decision to back Narendra Modi and said that the nation had too many varied cultures and individual needs, that a leader like the Gujarat chief minister would not be able to do justice to.
“Just because you have your cadre enthused doesn't mean victory. It’s a dream that will be broken,” Kumar said.
Kumar pointed to the fact that he had sent back relief funds sent by the Gujarat government after flooding in Bihar because he had felt hurt by the fact that Modi had tried to take credit for it.
The Chief Minister said that in Bihar only the ‘Bihar model of development’ would work, and said that it was a model that had now found international recognition.
He criticised the BJP’s attempts to project Modi as an OBC leader and said that a leader couldn't claim to be a leader of backward people and castes just because he was born into it.
“It is by one’s deeds that one becomes a leader of backward castes,” he said.
Claiming that the JD(U) would work to ensure that the “idea of India wasn’t destroyed”, the Bihar chief minister said that in this era of coalitions the BJP wouldn’t even get past the 200 MP mark in the next national elections.
“This dream that the BJP has is one that will be washed away,” he said.
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Updated Date: Jun 19, 2013 16:50:24 IST