Did 17 political parties come together in Delhi on October 30 for communal harmony. alone? There is a speculation that is gaining ground that Nitish Kumar is going to be declared as prime ministerial nominee by CPI and CPM ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Kumar's speech at JDU's Chintin Shivir at Rajgir wherein he demolished Narendra Modi's claims made at Hunkar rally based on facts has brought him closer to CPI and CPM.
The war of words between a declared Prime Ministerial candidate and an undeclared Prime Ministerial candidate is given below:
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi: Bihar BJP has demanded a 50,000-crore package and the state must get it
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar: Janata-Dal United's signature campaign forced Centre to set up panel to consider special status for Bihar... BJP launched a vicious campaign against Amartya Sen just because he had praised Bihar model of development
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi: This (hunkar) rally is not just historic, but it will also lay foundation stone for a new future
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar: BJP's hunkar (battle cry) rally reflects their arrogance
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi: I used to sell tea on trains. Even the railway minister doesn't have my experience of what one face on trains. Hum gharibi main paida huye hai. I have seen and experienced poverty
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar: I have not sold tea, but I too come from a modest background
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi: In the alliance of JDU-BJP, the BJP ministers who worked for the welfare of people of Bihar... We wanted to remove jungle raj from Bihar, therefore had tolerated many insults
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar: My ex-friends once praised me and now they are finding faults with me... BJP is responsible for the split.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi: Bihar CM and I were at an occasion where he was most uncomfortable to be seen in my presence. I told him: Don't worry, there are no cameras here
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar: We were not seated at the same table at any lunch hosted by PM Manmohan Singh
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi: I want to tell the descendants of Shri Krishna (Yadavs), I have come from Dwarka to take responsibility of your well being
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar: They talk about Lord Ram and Lord Krishna. BJP should remember Ram, Krishna united country and didn't belong to any caste or party
Modi: Poverty is a very big issue and due to price rise poor have nothing to eat. Children are crying
Nitish: What's their thought for the millions who live below the poverty line? I have a vision and I am working for it
Modi: When we are reminded of the Gupta Dynasty we are reminded of Chandragupta's rajneeti
Nitish: BJP has amazing grasp of history. They should know Chandragupta was of Maurya dynasty, not of Gupta dynasty
Modi: Alexander's army conquered the entire world but was defeated by the Biharis. That's the might of this land.
Nitish: Alexander’s army never crossed Ganga and he wasn’t defeated by Biharis. Neither is Takshashila in Bihar (as Modi had said), it is situated in Pakistan.
Modi:Takshashila is in Bihar
Nitish:Takshashila is in Pakistan
Modi: People in Bihar are not opportunistic, except a few
Nitish: If the BJP was so hurt, why did the party fight 2010 elections in alliance with the JD-U? Because they could not do without our party. So, tell me, who is opportunistic? It was the BJP that betrayed us and weakened the anti-Congress forces.
Bihar Chief Minister underlined that Gujarat Chief Minister's understanding of country's history, geography and politics is wrong. .Bihar Chief Minister referred to Gujarat Chief Minister as Hitler and compared his politics to the politics of Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Post Hunkar rally, the task for Gujarat Chief Minister is crystal clear to demonstrate that he is unlike Hitler and his grasp of historical and geographical facts is right. Both Modi has to illustrate how his policies are different from that of Congress. Nitish is yet to show that he has alternative economic policies different from that of BJP and Congress. The industrial policy that promotes hazardous industries like asbestos that is banned in over 50 countries like Congress and the support for legally questionable biometric identification schemes like e-shakti and aadhaar/UID that has been rejected in Australia, China, UK, France and USA like Congress is a case in point.
In the matter of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Bihar Chief Minister did take a sane position but the way land banks are being promoted SEZs will manifest themselves in a different guise. He is yet to unveil his alternative policies for education, water, transportation etc. Unless Nitish Kumar does so his anti-Congressism and anti-BJPism will remain somewhat suspect because right wing economic policies reach the same destination which right wing religious parties do. In the changed economic scenario, a V P Singh is hardly sufficient, perhaps only a Lohia like person can undertake deep rooted changes that the country is in dire need of.
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