Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “no shame” barb in the wake of a sting video of a state minister allegedly taking money to contest elections.
“Rattled by imminent defeat in Bihar, Modiji forced to muster courage and talk of corruption that wasn’t in his discourse since Lalitgate and Vyapam,” Kumar said in a tweet.
“We have seen what he has done on Lalitgate and Vyapam. But, when was the last time Modiji practised what he preached?” Kumar said in another post on micro-blogging website twitter.
The Chief Minister’s comments came against the backdrop of the Prime Minister’s “no shame” swipe at leaders of the secular alliance at election rallies in Jehanabad and Bhabua yesterday after a sting video of JD-U minister Awadesh Prasad Kushwaha showed him allegedly accepting bribe.
Kumar’s ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad had fired salvos at Modi yesterday, saying “The person who did not uphold ‘Lok lajja’ (high moral values in public life) and ‘Lokhit’ (good of the masses) in front of a tall personality like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is giving lectures on shame.”
Meanwhile, the two leaders of the grand secular alliance today claimed 57 per cent voter turnout in 49 seats in the first phase of Assembly election yesterday would go in their favour.
The 57 per cent voting was 6.15 per cent more than the figure in the last elections held in 2010.
Kumar thanked the electorate, especially women, for turning up in large numbers at polling stations. Lalu Prasad also thanked the voters for the large turnout.
“Two sons of Bihar (Lalu and Nitish) have kept Modi, Amit Shah, RSS, 100 MPs, 50 ministers on run for the past four months… You have lost, hence go back and take care of the functioning of your ministries,” the RJD supremo said in a twitter post.
“The condition of BJP has turned so bad that the PM is forced to address ‘nukkad sabhas’ (street corner meetings) at panchayat level… Bihar needs a CM and not PM,” Prasad quipped, apparently taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for addressing a large number of election rallies in the state where the alliance has not declared a chief ministerial candidate.