| BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi waves to people during Tuesday’s roadshow in Bhagalpur with other senior party leaders. Picture by Amit Kumar |
Bhagalpur, Aug. 19: BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today addressed a huge crowd amid a downpour requesting the residents to vote wisely and prevent a return of the infamous jungle raj.
Modi, who arrived in the afternoon, was accompanied by party national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain and Buxar MP Ashwini Kumar Choubey. A large number of people, including women, ignored the rain and gathered on the streets to hear Modi speak. Earlier, talking to journalists, the former deputy chief minister lambasted the Congress for supporting Lalu and held it responsible for the misfortunes of Bihar.
Modi expressed concern over deteriorating law and order in the state. “During the past one-and-a-half months, there were six train dacoities and two passengers were killed on the Gorakhpur-Hatia Maurya Express on Sunday. It seems the old days of Lalu-Rabri’s jungle raj is back,” he said.
He alleged that the tie-up between Lalu and Nitish Kumar has provided moral support for criminals as the crime graph had started rising. “One can imagine the situation when criminals looted Rs 12 lakh from a petrol pump belonging to local Congress candidate at Bhagalpur,” he said.
He added: “A new pattern of crime has been introduced in which criminals target trucks on national highways and other roads and loot those. The state has started facing a law and order problem after the departure of the BJP from the government. Things got worse after Lalu joined the ruling JDU.”
Modi, however, blamed the Congress party for such a situation in Bihar. “It was the Congress, which had been providing support to forces such as Lalu that hampered Bihar’s law and order situation. Even during the worst days of the Lalu-Rabri regime between 2000 and 2005, the Congress had supported the then government here,” he alleged.
Criticising Nitish, Modi said the former chief minister had lost his self-respect and has started appreciating Lalu, his one-time arch-rival. “Lalu, however, mocks and even abuses Nitish in poll meetings. Lalu behaves like a dictator and passes derogatory remarks against him,” Modi alleged.
Modi said: “Nitish has taken shelter at Lalu’s feet. He does not mind being insulted by Lalu.”
He also came down heavily on Lalu and Nitish for taking the help of Congress, which was rejected by the people in the last Lok Sabha polls. Modi also asked the voters to be cautious about the campaigning by Lalu and Nitish and urged them not to be influenced with their false claims. “We should be very careful about such forces. A single mistake could give them the opportunity to bring in the jungle raj once again.”
He also appealed to the electorate to vote for party candidate Nabhay Choudhary.