| Chief minister Nitish Kumar at the Sankalp Yatra at Jhapaha village in Muzaffarpur on Saturday. Picture by Lokesh Bihari |
Muzaffarpur, March 8: Nitish Kumar urged people not to be “misguided” by someone who “wants to grab power in Delhi” and “spreads rumours” during Sankalp Yatra here today.
“They are so desperate that they will not only vex me and my team in the state but also put big obstacles in augmenting an era of delivering development with justice and peace,” the chief minister said without naming anyone but in a veiled reference to Narendra Modi.
Striking a sentimental chord, Nitish, while speaking to a crowd of 3,000 at Jhapaha Physical Training College off the NH-77 en route to Sheohar and Sitamarhi, stole the show by launching a blistering attack on the BJP.
Amid a blend of humour and seriousness, Nitish cautioned not to fall into the trap of “unmindful and misunderstanding” ways of some parties while requesting a strong mandate from the rural folk for Janata Dal (United).
“The presence of my MPs in great number in Delhi will certainly deter them from conniving evil designs against the state and my boys will also start a smart fight,” said Nitish, adding: “People are competent enough in writing script of their destiny and there was no need of an outsider angel. Bahar ka frishta Bihar ka taqdir nahi badlega (An outsider cannot change Bihar’s destiny).”
Nitish pulled up Modi for overlooking his development. “Who established a rule of law and dispelled fear of moving even after sunset from the previous misrule? Who made the shiny roads,” Nitish roared pointing towards the Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi road (NH-77), a stone’s throw distance from the stage.
“Communal harmony, tranquillity and brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims — something missing in his state (read Gujarat) — is enriched and maintained here. I have successfully improved healthcare and bettered teaching conditions at schools. Now only 1 per cent student drops out,” he said.
Iterating his demand of special category status for the state, Nitish said he had effectively imbibed it into the minds of every person in the state.
“Youths of newer generations will have a bright future once the demands witness success in the days to come,” Nitish added.