| (From left) BJP leaders Arun Kumar Sinha, Sushil Kumar Modi and Mangal Pandey at Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir in Patna on Monday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
The BJP on Monday organised the first anniversary of “vishwasghat din” (betrayal day), lambasting Nitish Kumar for “making a mockery of the people’s mandate in 2010 and now tiding up with Lalu Prasad to push Bihar back to jungle raj”.
On June 16, 2013, the JDU and the BJP parted ways after a 17-year alliance.
“June 16, 2013, has gone down as a black chapter in Bihar’s annals,” party leader Sushil Kumar Modi said, addressing his cadres on the occasion.
He added: “People will not rest at peace until they avenge the betrayal of their mandate by dethroning the JDU government.”
The party had organised a series of vishwasghat rallies across the state in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, reaping good political dividends by winning 31 of the 40 seats.
Apparently, the party is keen to keep the ember of “betrayal” alive in the run-up to the Assembly elections due later next year.
Elaborating on how former chief minister Nitish had resorted to the “great betrayal”, Sushil Kumar Modi asked three questions to his former-boss: “Had the people voted the JDU-BJP alliance in 2010 to make Jitan Ram Manjhi the chief minister? Had the people voted for alliance to run the government with support of the Congress and the RJD? Had the people voted for Nitish to allow him to tie up with Lalu, the synonym to jungle raj, which the NDA had replaced?”
The BJP leader, who was accompanied by Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav, state party chief Mangal Pandey and other party legislators, said the people of the state had resoundingly reposed their faith for the second time in the NDA in 2010 in response to susashan (good governance) during NDA-I (2005-10).
But Nitish, Modi said, had morphed himself from susashan babu into a manipulative leader compromising on all the fronts to keep his remote-controlled government led by Manjhi in office.
“The extent to which Nitish has fallen down on his ideology is evident from the fact that he has surrendered his pagri (headgear) at Lalu Prasad’s feet,” Modi said.
Nitish, however, clarified how he had sacrificed power to guard his principles.
“I have no personal battle to fight with anyone or no personal score to settle with anyone. Had it been so, I would not have relinquished the CM’s post. Had it been so, I would not have solicited support from the RJD,” Nitish wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.
Coming down heavily on the BJP, Nitish wrote: “The BJP was involved in the conspiracy to destabilise Bihar and force premature election. The BJP’s politics is full with hatred. It is doing divisive politics to break the nation. Bihar has now joined the centrestage in the battle to restore democracy and pluralism back in India.”