| Ram Vilas Paswan, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and Sushil Kumar Modi in Bhagalpur on Wednesday. Picture by Amit Kumar |
Bhagalpur, April 2: BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today appealed to the people to elect a bold Prime Minister like Narendra Modi for taking the reigns of the country.
Speaking during an impressive gathering at Lajpath Park in the district on the occasion of Shahnawaz Hussain’s filing of nomination, the senior leader said: “It is well known as to how some of our neighbouring countries have started targeting our border areas. They even entered our territory and beheaded our army personnel. All such incidents were the result of a weak Prime Minister and his party, which has no competence to protest against such acts.” He added: “Only a bold personality like Narendra Modi is capable of controlling such international problems.”
He also lambasted chief Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad for their alleged roles in confusing voters with false claims in their poll campaigning. Sushil was accompanied by LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and other party leaders like C.P. Thakur, Rajeev Pratap Rudy, Nand Kishore Yadav, Mangal Pandey, Jai Narayan Nishad, Nishi Kant Dubey and Putul Devi.
Nand Kishore and Sushil arrived here in two different helicopters to address the gathering. Nand Kishore, who was accompanying party state president Mangal Pandey left the meeting soon after his speech as he was scheduled to reach Buxar to attend Narendra Modi’s programme.
Paswan, too, lambasted the Congress, the Nitish-led state government and Lalu for repeating their communalism poll plank. “Godhra is an old chapter but they played it repeatedly. It was only me who resigned from the central government. What was Nitish doing at that time? He was also a Union minister. Why does the Congress not remember the Bhagalpur riots? They all are trying to divert the voters’ attention as they have failed miserably on the development front. Growth should be the only issue because the face of the country is changing rapidly,” he said.
Earlier, after filing his nomination, Hussain claimed that he had been fighting for the development of Bhagalpur since long but owing to the indifferent attitude of Nitish, the district has failed to develop. “This time, we are fighting to strengthen the hands of Narendra Modi. If he becomes the next Prime Minister of the country, I can assure you that Bhagalpur would return to its lost glory,” he said when asked about the deteriorating condition of the town.