Bihar Assembly election | Battle is between development and destruction, says Nadda


BJP president alleges that Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of PM Modi came at the cost of country’s national interest.

BJP president J.P. Nadda assailed the Opposition Mahagathbandhan on Thursday, saying the ongoing election in the State is a contest between those who work for the development and those who took the State towards “destruction”.

Addressing an election rally in Darbhanga on the last day of the campaign, he attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, alleging that he never realises when he starts opposing India’s national interest in his quest for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Flaying the Mahagathbandhan, he said the RJD and the Congress have joined hands with the CPI(ML), whose very thought is “destructive“.

He also alleged that the RJD spread anarchy in the State during its 15-year rule and it should apologise to the people of Bihar.

“This election is not just about voting for a candidate. It’s about the future of Bihar,” he said.

“On one side, there are those who work for development and on the other, there are those who left no stone unturned in taking Bihar towards destruction,” he added

Mr. Nadda said PM Modi has “given such a mantra of development” that even the Mahagathbandhan is “forced” to talk about development.

“Otherwise these are the people who would take Bihar toward destruction,” he alleged.

He also mocked RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s promise of giving 10 lakh government jobs, saying he should first talk about the “25 lakh” people who were forced to migrate out of Bihar during the regime of his father — Lalu Prasad.

Mr. Nadda also talked about the local agricultural produces and the famous Mithila paintings.

“80% of the country’s makhana (lotus seeds) comes from Bihar and out of that, 90% from just six districts of Mithilanchal. We will set a factory here and brand it. Mithila will not ask for jobs after that, it will give jobs,” he said.

He also reiterated that the Modi government at the Centre has given more money to Bihar than the ₹1.25 lakh crore he had promised during the 2015 polls.

He said that under the Ujala scheme, 37 crore LED bulbs were distributed across the country, and out of that 1,95,00,000 were distributed in Bihar itself.

“Modi-ji has taken Bihar from the lantern era to LED era,” he said.

Lantern is the poll symbol of the RJD.

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