Referring to the grand alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the elections are a choice between development and jungle raj. The PM, who arrived in Bihar on 8 October, will address six rallies in two days, as part of a re-drawn strategy.
In the first of his four rallies in Munger, Modi launched a blistering attack on Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, attacking him for his beef comment.
Modi’s jibes were in context of Lalu’s statement on beef that, “It wasn’t me favouring beef, it was ‘Satan’ on my tongue.” Modi said in his speech today, “I wonder why Satan found Laluji’s address only, did Satan not find anyone else, or is it that Satan just found his relative in Lalu? I thought our fight is with ‘insaan’, but we discovered now that it is actually ‘shaitan’ (devil),” he said.
He also attacked RJD-JD(U) for joining hands with Congress who jailed Ram Manohar Lohia during Emergency period. He said, “People who talk about Ram Manohar Lohia’s ideology are now drinking Congress’ water and abusing us. JD(U) and RJD are sitting with those who jailed Jaiprakash Narayan during the Emergency.”
Indirectly referring to the opinion polls favouring BJP, he said experts are forced to change their poll calculations. He claimed for the first time, that the Bihar polls are based on the idea of development and progress for the youth.
Later, Modi will also address rallies in Begusarai, Samastipur and Nawada districts. He will address rallies in Sasaram and Aurangabad on 9 October, before returning to Delhi.
Bihar goes to polls from October 12. Elections will be held in five phases and results will be declared on November 8. The opinion polls so far have predicted the NDA alliance getting a slender lead over the Mahagathbandhan of Congress, JD(U) and RJD.