MARKING a full circle from the time he had refused to share stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday sought votes in his name. together with his vikas plank not cutting ice with voters, Nitish devoted his speech here to works undertaken by the Centre in Bihar and said Modi would make sure the state was developed if the NDA was voted back to power.
Praising Modi profusely and thanking him for “taking time out” to campaign, Nitish said, “Listen to his appeal. If you give the NDA another chance, then you’ll make certain he will transform the state. Bihar will march ahead.” The CM mentioned Patna Metro, Smart Cities plan, the Ujjwala scheme and roads in Bihar while applauding the PM’s “generosity”.
Amid slogans of “Modi, Modi” from the gang , Nitish said people had come to the rally to concentrate only to Modi, and said his efforts in controlling the Covid-19 were “exceptional”. After Nitish’s speech, Modi was invited to talk , with introduction as “Yug Purush”.
While the NDA’s victory in 39 out of 40 seats in 2019 was largely credited to the Modi factor, it’s the primary time in an Assembly poll that the CM is seeking votes within the PM’s name.
Earlier within the 2009 Lok Sabha and 2010 Assembly polls, when he was the Gujarat CM, Modi had kept out of Bihar during NDA campaigns reportedly at Nitish’s behest. At a 2010 public meeting Nitish had said, “When there’s Sushil Modi in Bihar, there’s no need of another Modi (Narendra) here.” He had even cancelled a scheduled NDA dinner in 2010 in Patna over Modi’s presence.
Nitish’s discomfort with Modi was attributed to the 2002 Gujarat riots, though the JD(U) leader himself had been a part of the NDA government at the Centre at the time.
Nitish parted ways with the NDA in 2013. He fought 2015 polls as a part of Mahagathbandhan. During that point , he had involved a “Sangh-mukt” Bharat.
In the previous couple of days, across Bihar, the BJP has put up prominent posters with PM’s photograph underlining the party’s promise of jobs, which has emerged as an enormous poll issue.