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Dal, RJD salvo at Modi

Patna, March 27: Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad have intensified their potshots at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as he arrived in the state for the first time to address election meetings in Gaya and Sasaram.

Nitish, without naming Modi, declared that those “begging for power” throughout the country would be a spent force after the polls. In an apparent reference to Modi’s statement promising special status to Bihar, he declared that the state wo- uld fight for its rights and not beg.

Lalu, on the other hand, said: “Modi has frightened senior BJP leaders so much that there is a stampede-like situation among them to leave the party and save their reputation. Modi will destroy his own party.”

He referred to the dissatisfaction of L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Jaswant Singh, Lalmuni Chaubey and Chandra Mohan Rai over distribution of tickets in the party.

With the gaining frequency of Modi’s visits, both RJD and JD(U) are trying to guard their core votes.