Tamil Diplomat

PM Modi Slams Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Quota, Scams, Baharis

ATNA: Hitting back at Nitish Kumar over his remark targeting him as an “outsider” Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked him whether he would call Congress chief Sonia Gandhi a “bahari” (outsider).

“Nitish babu says I am a bahari. I will ask him how I can be a bahari in Bihar which is a part and parcel of the country. People of this state have voted to make me Prime Minister of the country,” Modi said, while addressing an election rally at Muzaffarpur.“Will he call Madam Sonia a bahari as she also lives in Delhi? Is she a bahari or Bihari?” Modi asked the audience on the last day of campaigning ahead of the fourth phase of polls in Bihar.

Reminding the people of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s regime, he responded to Nitish Kumar’s barb saying Modi should return the old days instead of his promised “ache din” (good days), he asked if Kumar wanted the return of the old days when the area was known as a “Mini Chambal” due to the poor law and order situation.

Slamming Nitish Kumar on the issue of reservations, he said, “Nitish had made his intentions clear way back in 2005. I have the document of what he said in Parliament on August 25, 2005. I challenge him to reply to this if he has the courage.” He had earlier accused Kumar of conspiring to give up 5 per cent of reservations meant for SCs, STs and OBCs to a “particular community”, an obvious reference to the Muslim community.

Referring to Nitish Kumar’s anti-corruption measures, he said that Kumar used to say that his government would seize the house of the accused in corruption cases to open schools for poor children. “Will he do the same to Lalu Prasad who has been convicted in a fodder scam case?” he asked.He listed each of the 30 alleged scams to come  to light during the rule of the RJD and JD(U) in last 25 years.Mocking Lalu he said, “I have not talked about the fodder scam in this list in which the RJD chief was convicted.” “Should these people be given another chance for looting public money?” he asked

Modi reiterated his three-point development agenda for Bihar including “Padhai (Education), Kamai (Employment) and Dawai (Health)” and said the solution to all problems was development.The campaigning ahead of the fourth phase of elections in 55 assembly constituencies ended on Friday. Voting will take place on November 1. (Indian Express, 2015).