Ahead of the final phase of Bihar Assembly polls for 57 seats, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday questioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s visit to Pakistan three years ago. “In what capacity did Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tour Pakistan three years ago when the neighbouring country has been abetting terrorism in India and now threatening to use nuclear weapons against our country,” he asked in a series of tweets.
“Who all he was trying to send a message to by visiting Pakistan which neither shares borders with Bihar nor has business ties with our state?…There is no prospect of Pakistani investor coming over to Bihar,” he said. On the other hand, the chief minister’s visit to the Buddhist countries like Japan, Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka would have been more fruitful as these countries have always provided assistance to Bihar which is a land of Lord Buddha, he said and wondered why Kumar never visited these countries.
Incidentally, Modi was the deputy chief minister in the erstwhile NDA government when Kumar had led a delegation for the week-long visit to Pakistan in November 2012. On the chief minister asking the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a debate at the time and place of the latter’s choice, Modi dared Kumar to debate with him and Nandkishore Yadav, who is the Leader of Opposition in the legislative Assembly.
The senior JD(U) leader, who has two members in Lok Sabha, should not dare to challenge the Prime Minister, who leads 282 members in the lower house of Parliament for debate and do so with leaders of comparable stature like himself and Yadav at the time and place of the chief minister’s picking, Modi said.