Munger/Begusarai/Ujiarpur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah was in Bihar on Wednesday to campaign for three party candidates in Munger, Begusarai, and Ujiarpur.
Speaking in Munger, Shah wasted no time in taking aim at the Grand Alliance saying the Lalu-led coalition was so fractured that no one knew who would be the Prime Minister even if the alliance somehow managed to eke out a victory.
"I have a feeling that since there are too many Prime Ministerial candidates in the Mahagathbandhan, the Prime Minister on Monday will be Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress), while on Tuesday it would be Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party chief). On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of India would be Mayawati (Bahujan Samaj Party president) and on Thursday, Lalu Prasad Yadav (Rashtriya Janata Dal chief) would play the Prime Minister. Chandrababu Naidu can then become the PM on Friday and Devegowda will occupy the PM's chair on Saturday. On Sunday, everyone will have a day off so no one will be the Prime Minister," Shah quipped.
Zeroing in on the infamous Lalu-Rabri government in Bihar for 15 years, Shah said that people still have nightmare of the days when no one was safe in the state.
"No one has forgotten the jungle raj of Lalu and Rabri. Even today people are afraid to talk about it. Besides giving rise to corruption, casteism, and oppression of certain communities, what did the RJD leaders do for Bihar when they were in power for long 15 years? There was no development in the state at all and only when the BJP and Janata Dal – U leaders joined hand in fight against the anarchy that prevailed during the jungle raj that Bihar began seeing some signs of development. Now you have nice roads and electricity in your homes all the time. All this because of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi," the BJP leader said.
Shah also reminded voters of 133 social schemes introduced by the NDA government at the Center in the last five years.
"Under various schemes, more than eight crore indoor toilets were built and over 50 crore economically disadvantaged people were given free medical treatment for various ailments. During the jungle raj, the growth rate of Bihar was a measly 3% but under the Nitish-Sushil administration, it now stands at 11.3%. Furthermore, the average income of people in Bihar have increased by 31% in the last five years," he said.
Turning his attention on the Congress Party, Shah mocked Rahul Gandhi for demanding to know what the NDA had done for Bihar in the last five years.
"It's hilarious that the party that was in power for four generations and yet failed to do anything for Bihar has the temerity to ask from a party that had been in power for barely five years. Rahul Gandhi should first present the account for the last sixty years and then come to us to ask what we have done in the last five years," he said.
The BJP president then slammed the Grand Alliance for questioning the NDA's resolve to keep India safe from the hands of terrorists and other foreign powers.
"Whenever Congress was in power, terrorists from Pakistan cut the heads of our jawans and used it as a football for their enjoyment. All this time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh remained a moot spectator because challenging the terrorists would mean losing the Muslim votes. Narendra Modi is not like Congress leaders. Terrorists will pay heavy price if they tried to destabilize our nation as the Prime Minister has already proven during the recent surgical strike and other air strikes on Pakistani terror camps," Shah said.
"Following these air strikes, there were two places where signs of mourning due to the deaths of terrorists were seen – one in Pakistan and the other on the face of Rahul Gandhi," he added.