Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused Congress party and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of deceiving the people of Bihar for decades, predicting that the two parties were about to be wiped out as they have formed a coalition only to thwart the state’s progress.
“Congress, RJD and their friends thwarted Bihar’s development. They never let the state to prosper. Today Nitishji is bringing development to every nook and corner of the state, but they want to take Bihar back again to the lamp (RJD’s poll symbol) age. The light of LED bulbs is coming to your homes after Nitishji removed the lamp,” said PM Modi while addressing an election rally here.
The Congress, which ruled the state for several years, lost to power to the Janata Dal, which formed the government in the state in 1990 under the leadership of Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi remained in power for 15 almost years before losing the battle to Nitish Kumar in 2005. However, Nitish’s JDU and RJD fought the last Assembly polls together and won, but he later joined hands with the BJP, which is yet to form the government on its own in the state.
Ridiculing the Congress party, Prime Minister Modi said: “The condition is so bad for the Congress today that it is fighting to save 40 seats it won in 2014. They are not worried about the prime minister’s post now.”
Bihar, where 40 Lok Sabha seats, are at stake, has undergone four phases of polling in 19 seats so far. The remaining 21 seats will go to polls on May 6, 12 and 19, the last phase of polling. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.