Modi govt has done nothing in last 17 months, says Nitish Kumar

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Patna, Oct 29: A day after Bihar held high-octave third phase of assembly elections, the state chief minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar said that "nothing in Bihar is ever neck to neck competition."

In an interview with the news agency ANI, Kumar, who is testing his fate for the third time, launched an attack on BJP saying saying, "BJP uses it's publicity technique to create a "maahaul", BJP doesnt have that big a standing in Bihar."

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

On equation with Lalu Prasad Yadav

While defending his tie-up with his old fore-turned-friend, the RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Kumar said, "People say all kinds of things about our alliance with Lalu ji, but the fact remains that our school of thought is the same."

"We have a lot of understanding between us; and there was no issue of contention, unlike BJP and it's alliance partners", he further said.

On NDA government

In a scathing atatck on PM Narendra Modi, Kumar said, "Crowds are especially brought to PM's rallies; it is sponsored, our meets are public meetings which are constituency specific."

On BJP's victory in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Kumar said that it happened as votes got divided between the JD(U) and the RJD.

"There is no real fight here, but still one contests seriously and not underestimate the opponents, so we are fighting", he asserted.

He said, "I know about the BJP's strategy, that's why I do not have any fear", while adding that they will bite the dust.

While taking on the PM Narendra Modi-led NDA government, Kumar said that in last 17 months, they have not done anything, they have neither fulfilled any promise nor they have set any example on good governance.

"BJP's only interest is in how to try and win one state after the other. They want absolute power, not interested in governance", he stated.

"For Modi Government, we don't see any success in any front- be it international front, diplomatic front, economic or social front", he said.

"Till how long people will have to wait for acche din (good days)", he asked.

On BJP members Ram Jethmalani and Arun Shourie's critisicm on their own party, Kumar said that intellectuals who supported Modi ji are now getting disillusioned.

"Modi ji has formed the government but he failed in running the nation. You have the majoritiy, but still you are not capable of running Parliament", he said.

"When BJP got people's mandate their actions should have been positive, but they are mostly negative", he further added.

On sting operation

On BJP's sting operation, Kumar responded saying, "All this is a part of their dirty tricks department and we took instant action on the person involved."

"Not like them, they (BJP) remained mute on Vyapam scam and Lalitgate scandal. Parliament was disrupted and they kept quiet throughout", he said.

On Jitan Ram Manjhi

On his former loyalist and HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, Kumar said, "When we made Jitan Ram Manjhi the CM, BJP gave statements against him for months."

"And when we decided to remove him, BJP said its an insult to a "maha dalit". This shows no moral value, and people can see this", he added.

On Tantrik meeting

On his controversial meeting with a tantrik, Kumar said, "one of my colleague had been telling me for last 18 months, that the tantrik wanted to meet me, so I said okay, I will meet him."

"What do they (BJP) want to prove by showing such things? Modi ji met whom is also circulated on social media. I met tantrik and talked to him, but I didn't hid it", he said.

On the bitterness with BJP

On his 17-year-long breakup with the NDA, Kumar said, "We were with BJP for 17 years, but when they came in a new avatar we decided it was best to part ways."

"Modi ji came to Bihar after 14 months after becoming PM, I was there to receive him. Then he goes to Muzaffarpur, makes comments about my DNA; even then we saw him off at the airport", he said.

"There is no bitterness from us, but bitter statements are made by the other side (BJP, PM). When necessary we respond to them. Rest assured, there will be no issue of contention while governing", he concluded.

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