Patna: Hitting hard at his former ally and now bitter enemy, the BJP, CM Nitish Kumar said they are daydreaming and living in their own world despite the fact that there is no wave in their favour. “We took a big risk but refused to compromise with our principles. We worked on secular agenda for development with justice,” he said while addressing JD(U)’s ‘Sankalp rally’ at Gopalganj on Saturday.
He cautioned the people to be vigilant against the BJP sponsored ‘rumour mongers’.
He also hit out at BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi and said nobody could forgive or forget the communal riots in Gujarat. India is a multicultural and multilingual nation and it would remain united by respecting each religion and culture. He said the country needs a prime minister who has a vision for the inclusive development of all regions.
“The BJP accuses us of betrayal but the fact is that they betrayed us by invoking controversial issues which were not supposed to be touched,” he said and appealed the people to show their power in the Lok Sabha election and elect JD (U) candidates from all the 40 constituencies. “This is a fight for Bihar’s prestige and rights,” he said amid applause.
Nitish also announced that next Saturday, he would again visit Gopalganj to lay the foundation of a mega bridge over river Gandak. He said over 12,000 big and small bridges and culverts have been constructed and a network of roads has been laid. Making fun of the pre-poll surveys, the CM said their purpose is to misguide people but the public know the reality.
Asking the audience to take pledge for continuing the struggle to get special category status, the CM said the Centre has put the proposal in cold storage under some of the UPA allies’ pressure. He was referring to the RJD and asked people to defeat the party which put the matter in cold storage and also the party which pressed the Centre that Bihar should not get this right. “Special status is our right, not a charity. Our fight will continue for this,” he said.
The CM also asked people to take pledge for maintaining communal harmony and send their children, both boys and girls, to school and avail all the facilities the state government is providing to them including uniforms and cycles.
The rally was chaired by state JD (U) president Bashistha Narain Singh. Those who also spoke included education minister P K Shahi, science and technology minister Gautam Singh, newly elected Rajya Sabha member Harivansh, Bihar legislative council deputy chairman Salim Parvez and a number of legislators of Gopalganj, Saran and Siwan areas.