Nitish backs Naidu’s demand for special status to AP

Nitish backs Naidu’s demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday backed the demand of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for special category status to the southern state. Supporting the demand of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief over the demand at the Niti Aayog Governing Council meeting, the Janata Dal United (JDU) leader demanded the same status for Bihar, where he is in power in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Naidu also got the backing of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the issue of 2011 census being adopted by the 15th Finance Commission. The TDP chief also made a request to the Centre to “not penalise the performing states”.

NitishNotably, the TDP chief had walked out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre over special category status to Andhra Pradesh. He had accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of not fulfilling its promise of providing the status to the state.

Inaugurating Mahanadu, the TDP’s annual conclave, Naidu had said that the Centre had reneged on its promise to grant Andhra Pradesh Special Category status and to implement the AP Reorganisation Act. Naidu accused the BJP of betraying the people of AP and trying to create law and order problems in the state in collusion with the YSRCP.

The TDP had in March 2018 withdrawn support from the NDA government over the Centre’s refusal to grant special category status to the state.

Naidu also got the backing of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the issue of 2011 census being adopted by the 15th Finance Commission. The TDP chief also made a request to the Centre to “not penalise the performing states”. Notably, the TDP chief had walked out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre over special category status to Andhra Pradesh. He had accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of not fulfilling its promise of providing the status to the state.

-Jun 17, 2018

Nitish, Lalu to pay price for insulting Biharis: Narendra Modi

Nitish, Lalu to pay price for insulting Biharis: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday targeted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying both will pay a price for insulting and abusing Biharis after being tired of abusing him.
He was referring to the allegation that people attending Modi’s rallies were paid- participants.
Addressing first of his two election rallies on Friday in Gopalganj district, about 165 km from Patna, Modi said this election will take BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) successful journey forward.
“Now that you are tired of abusing Modi, you are abusing Biharis. They have alleged that people who come in Modi rallies are brought after being paid money. Isn’t this an insult to all Biharis?
“They will pay a price for it,” Modi said in reference to Nitish and Lalu, few hours before the end of campaigning for the fourth phase of polls.
“Nitish Babu call me whatever you want to, but don’t hurt the sentiments of Biharis,” he said.
Modi said NDA is running a successful election campaign and the way the leaders of the Grand Alliance are reacting shows how much popular NDA is among the people.
“You had faith in me during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, do the same now and I will finish bhai-bhatijawad and bhrashtachaar (nepotism and corruption),” he said.
The prime minister said Bihar is today angry because it is asking for the accounts of the work done in last 25 years, “which you are not willing to give. This election is also to punish those who have looted Bihar in last 25 years”.
Modi said Gopalganj is “dear to Laluji but what did Gopalganj get, didn’t the area became a mini-Chambal (an area where dacoits once held sway) during his 15 years of jungle raj”.
“Nitish Babu says return me the old days, does he want those days when kidnappings happened, women were not safe, crimes against Dalits happened? Then Nitish babu you may want the old days for staying in power, but the people of Bihar don’t want them back,” Modi said.
The prime minister said the solution for all the problems in Bihar is “development”. He reiterated that India would develop only if Bihar developed.
Modi reiterated his three-point development agenda for Bihar including “Padhai (Education), Kamai (Employment) and Dawai (Health)”.
“Development is my agenda in Bihar. If there are no industries here, youth here will not get jobs. Without electricity how will industry come? They had promised electricity but what happened? Bihar needs 24-hour power for industry so that the youth can get jobs,” he said.
The fourth phase of the Bihar assembly elections is slated to be held on November 1 in 55 of the 243 assembly constituencies of Bihar.
The Bihar elections began on October 12 and the fifth and final phase of voting will be held on November 5. The counting of votes will take place on November 8.
-30 October 2015, IANS, Bihar

Narendra Modi warns people against ‘regressive agenda’ of Lalu, Nitish

Narendra Modi warns people against ‘regressive agenda’ of Lalu, Nitish

Taking on rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad on their home turfs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday painted them as leaders with regressive agenda with “18th century mindset”, attacking the Bihar chief minister over the “tantrik” controversy and said the RJD chief was leading “Rashtriya Jadu Tona” party.
Narendra Modi warns people against 'regressive agenda' of Lalu, Nitish
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking during
an election rally in Hajipur in Vaishali
district of Bihar on Oct 25, 2015. (AP photo)

In a string of poll rallies, Modi projected BJP’s six-point programme for state’s development as an alternative to the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and the Congres. Three phases remain for the Bihar polls on October 28, November one and five.

The Prime Minister also made a strong rebuttal of the attempts by the opposition to paint BJP as anti-reservation, saying it was a “bundle of lies” and promised “no one can even touch” the provisions made with the efforts of dalit icon BR Ambedkar for the upliftment of the deprived classes.

Kumar on Saturday courted controversy as a video of his meeting a ‘tantrik’ went viral in which the tantrik is heard asking JD(U) leader why he had teamed up with Prasad, uttering “Nitish Zindabad and Lalu Murdabad.”.

The video provided fresh ammunition to his BJP, which claimed that he was resorting to occult to get rid of foe-turned-friend Lalu.

Taking a jibe at the grand alliance over it in Nalanda, the home truf of Kumar, Modi said so far he knew only three players in Mahagatbandhan — Bada Bhai Lalu, Chhota Bhai Nitish and Madam Sonia Gandhi. “But for the first time I came to know there is also a fourth player, a tantrik. Now there are four players in this alliance of grand opportunism.”

Wondering whether such a “farce” can be allowed to go on with democracy, he asked the youths in Nalanda, the home turf of Kumar, whether Bihar needs such “tantra-mantra (occult practices” to get rid of its problems.

“Can a Bihar of 21st century be made with those carrying forth the thinking of 18th century. Bihar needs to be freed from this mindset of 18th century. We do not need jantar Mantar, we need computers. Our youths should have laptops in their hand and no taaveej,” Modi said alleging that those who were in power did nothing to develop the region.

Mocking the RJD chief in his once pocketborough Chhapra, Modi advised him to rename his party as “Rashtriya Jadu Tona Party” and become the country’s biggest ‘tantrik”.`

Ridiculing Lalu’s election meeting barbs at him, Modi said, “Laluji you are free to sacrifice black or white pigeon or blow chilly smoke. If you have to do this rename your party Rashtriya Janta Dal as Rashtriya Jadu Tona Party (party of occult practices) and being the head of the party, you will be the biggest ‘tantrik’ in the world.”

Accusing Lalu and Nitish of spreading the “poison” of caste politics, he said that he is being targetted by them as they have not been able to digest how the son hailing from an extremely backward caste became the Prime Minister.

-PTI | Oct 25, 2015

 

Nitish can’t develop Bihar by carrying Lalu, Congress: Amit Shah

BJP national president Amit Shah, on Sunday in MUZAFFARPUR, said chief minister Nitish Kumar won’t be able to bring development to Bihar by carrying two allies, Congress and RJD, on his shoulders.

“The Congress had presided over scam to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crore during the UPA rule at the Centre and the RJD had presided over ‘jungle raj’ during its 15-year rule… how can Nitish Kumar bring development to Bihar by carrying these two allies on his shoulders,” Shah told party workers at Nehru Stadium in Muzaffarpur town.

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Urging the electorate of Bihar not to get swayed by the bluff of senior JD(U) leader, Shah warned that Bihar would end up with ‘jungle raj – 2’ in the event of the grand secular alliance coming to power.

In a broadside at the JD(U) leader, the BJP national president accused him of being a master of ‘politics of betrayal’ saying that he will not remain faithful to Bihar and its people given his penchant of betraying the socialist icons, namely Ram Manohar Lohia and Jai Prakash Narayan, BJP and lastly Jitan Ram Manjhi.

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Kumar broke alliance with the BJP and betrayed the mandate from the people for his “sheer greed” for the post of prime minister and joined hands with the RJD supremo against whom he had fought all his life and later had no remorse in co-opting Congress against whom the socialist icons, Ram Manohar Lohia and Jai Prakash Narayan, had stood for all their lives, Shah said.

Describing Kumar as a habitual betrayer, Shah said the former took no time in becoming chief minister on the shoulders of the RJD supremo after junking the BJP despite the fact that the BJP workers had toiled hard against the RJD’s ‘jungle raj’ and made him the chief minister of Bihar in 2005.

Shah held the RJD supremo and the JD(U) leader collectively responsible for backwardness of Bihar by ignoring development in pursuit of caste politics and dynasty rule and promised that the BJP-led coalition will retrieve old glories of the state in the event of being elected to power at the hustings.
-PTI | Oct 4, 2015