New Delhi, Sept 24: Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday urged the electors in Bihar to vote for the party in the Assembly elections, saying its win was crucial to shore up its numerical strength in Rajya Sabha for passage of several key economic reforms blocked by opposition parties.
The Union Minister said the Centre is trying to evolve broad consensus over passage of bills like GST and Land Acquisition for development, but "some parties" are opposing the legislation in Rajya Sabha "to hurt Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and in turn are hurting nation and people".[Bihar Election 2015: Special Coverage]
Urging electors in Bihar to vote for BJP to remove these "obstructions", he said, "Bihar is a big state. (Victory) here will have reflection in Rajya Sabha.
I request to people of Bihar that this is not just Assembly elections... there will be change in Rajya Sabha (if they vote for BJP). Modiji is doing a good job for development of the country. "These (opposition) people are obstructing growth.
The obstructions will be removed once BJP wins Bihar and it will become easier to bring in new legislation.
If BJP is to get majority in Rajya Sabha, it should begin from Bihar," Naidu told reporters on the sidelines of a blood donation camp organised by BJP's Delhi unit.
Accusing JD(U)-RJD combine of running 'jungle raj' in Bihar since last several years, Naidu maintained that his party will contest the polls only on the issue of development.
On BJP clinching Port Blair Municipal Council defeating Congress, the minister suggested leadership of the UPA major to "sit and introspect" on why it was on a "losing spree" in islands as well after facing defeats in mainland.
He also "advised" Congress to give up "abusive politics" and be more constructive so that the country can move forward, apparently referring to the Sonia Gandhi-led party's opposition to key legislations like the Land Acquisition bill.
Referring to PM Narendra Modi's dig at "pseudo secularists" while addressing a gathering of Indian diaspora in Dublin yesterday, Naidu said it has become a "fashion" to insult Indian culture, civilisation and tradition for those "stricken" by Western psychology and Leftist ideology.
He advised Congress and other opposition parties to give up "pseudo secularism" and follow Indian tradition of sarvdharmasambhav (secularism).
The camp was also visited by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Health Minister J P Nadda, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju besides several senior BJP leaders.