Chintan Shivir: Nitish Hits back at Narendra Modi

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Patna: Continuing to underestimate the popularity of Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) presidential candidate Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday brushed off the 'Modi Mania' invoking the Godwin's Law saying the BJP was like the Nazis in Germany who believed repeating a lie hundred times would somehow make the lie true.

Kumar was speaking at the Janata Dal – U's 'Chintan Shivir' at the party's 'Camp David' of sort in Rajgir in the presence of the entire who's who of the party.

The Chief Minister, two days after a series of bomb blasts that rocked the state capital during the BJP's 'Hunkar Rally' killing six persons and hurting over 80, dripped with sarcasm in his speech calling Modi the creation of a carefully-managed media to ramp up the hype in his favor.

"His (Modi's) dream of delivering his speech from the Lal Quila (in Delhi) would remain just that – a dream. These people (BJP leaders and supporters) are like the Hitler's propaganda minister who believed if you oft repeated a lie, people will start taking it as the gospel of truth," the CM said.

In what was supposed to be a camp to introspect party weaknesses and how to strengthen it in the run up of the next year's Lok Sabha elections, Kumar chose to target his political enemies, namely the BJP and Narendra Modi, saying given the fact that Gujaratis were known for their love for sweets, why did Modi's speech at Gandhi Maidan sound anything but sweet?

Perpetuating his personal rivalry with the Gujarat Chief Minister, Kumar said that like Modi, he also came from a modest background but unlike Modi, he did not harbor any dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India one day.

"There is no harm in dreaming of becoming the PM but for that one has to have patience," said the Chief Minister.

Kumar, justifying his decision to break away from the NDA, once again insisted that it was the BJP that led to the collapse of the 17-year old alliance in Bihar.

"If they had only agreed to a leadership that was acceptable to both of us, things would have been different today," he said.

He also denied the BJP claim that his administration did not make adequate security arrangement for the 'Hunkar Rally' last Sunday saying the BJP was only seeing defect in him since the JD-U broke away from the NDA earlier this year.

With the hope of a possible alliance with the Congress diminishing by the passing of each day, the Chief Minister said that BJP, instead of holding rallies like 'Hunkar Rally' in Patna, it should concentrate on removing the Congress from power.

Meanwhile, reports said that party leader Shivanand Tiwari warned the party not to underestimate Modi's popularity calling his rise from a tea vendor to a formidable contender for the Prime Minister's post 'phenomenal' and worthy of being acknowledged by all.

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