Narendra Modi leaves Nitish row behind, endorses Bihar

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Ahmedabad, May 8: Even though his counterpart Nitish Kumar has not always said nice things about him, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi did not refrain from endorsing Bihar and its people. [UPDATE: Modi as PM: Nitish Kumar's cabinet divided, BJP-JDU tie to be broken?]

Attending the Bihar-Jharkhand Sammelan organised at BRC ground in Surat on Sunday, May 6 Modi urged the people of the state to work hard to take Bihar to a new level.

Highlighting the need for Bihar to develop further, he stressed that Biharis can achieve this purpose if they put their hands together.

Though he did not take the name of any political leader from the state, Modi remarked, "In the past few years, Bihar's image was tarnished due to some incapable leaders, who were in power. Things have changed now and more is needed to be done. It is the duty of every person belonging to Bihar and Jharkhand, to put in their maximum effort for their state's development." 

He asserted that Gujarat and Bihar share a 'good' relationship. "Gandhiji started his movement from Bihar, while JP Narayan started his from Gujarat. In this regard, Gujarat and Bihar are long-term friends. Even history depicts a long-term friendship between both the states. Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira are examples of this," he added.

Modi's statements may well ignite another controversy. Recently, Nitish Kumar and Modi faced tremendous criticism over their hand-shake.

Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Lalu Prasad slammed Nitish Kumar and quipped, "Kumar’s secular credentials have come under scrutiny once again after he shook hands with Narendra Modi and exchanged pleasantries with him in full media glare at the conference of the Chief Ministers on the NCTC in New Delhi."

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