Ara, April 10: The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, on Thursday exuded confidence to clinch all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar and claimed that the electorate would prove all the political pundits wrong.
Addressing a gathering at sprawling Ara aerodrome ground to seek votes in favour of the party candidate R.K. Singh, Modi said the 2014 general election was not a simple one but a referendum. “The electorate would prove all the political pundits wrong by offering all votes to the BJP and its allies,” he said.
Modi said: “This is not all about arithmetic but about chemistry. Those who are busy in making calculations about the poll outcome sitting in air-conditioned rooms would be taken by surprise after the results are declared. This is simply not an aandhi (storm) but tsunami of the lotus (symbol of the BJP).”
Referring to the polling for the six Lok Sabha seats in the first phase in Bihar on Thursday, Modi said he had been informed by several party workers that neither the “lantern” (read RJD) and “haath” (Congress), nor the “teer” (JD-U) would be able to open an account in the state.
He said the fate of Upendra Kushwaha — an ally of the BJP in the state — would also be decided during the first phase. “Bihar would play a major role in the formation of a new government at the Centre,” he said.
Sporting white kurta and pyjama, Modi arrived about an hour behind schedule. In his 20-minute speech, he focused on the (mis)deeds of the Congress-led UPA II government. Taking a dig at the Congress chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, he said: “She is now talking about a black magician, whose emergence on the political arena has upset her poll plans. But I am talking about the black deeds of the UPA government in the past 10 years.”
Modi did not miss the opportunity to criticise the Nitish Kumar-led state government. He said it lacked concrete plans to control floods.
Describing the JD(U) government as insensitive, Modi said he had learnt that a legislator from Shahpur Assembly constituency in Bhojpur district was fighting a long battle with the administration for getting a fire tender for the people of the constituency.
Earlier, the BJP’s Ara candidate R.K. Singh promised in the presence of the party’s state president, Mangal Pandey, that he would try to make Bhojpur a commissionerate headquarters.
Besides Ara, Modi addressed people in Jehanabad and at Bikram in the Patna rural area.