Rajgir (Bihar), Oct 29 (PTI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today hit back at Narendra Modi, comparing him to Hitler and said his desperate dream to unfurl national flag at Red Fort would remain unfulfilled.
Days after Modi launched an no-holds barred attack on him in a Patna rally, he rejected the accusation that he had “betrayed and backstabbed” socialist stalwarts like Jaiprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia.
Kumar said Modi neither has “sweetness in his voice” nor “patience” required of somebody aspiring for the top post and questioned his knowledge of history.
“When had I deserted JP’s ideology? Just because JP comes in BJP, he (Modi) made the allegation by linking the two together as it rhymes…. Lohia brought parties together to fight Congress. BJP is walking its own path alone. Where is the comparison,” he said in his address to his party JD(U)’s convention, accusing BJP of weakening the fight against Congress.
Modi, the Chief Minister said, believed in repeating a lie hundred times to make it sound true. All this talk about Modi wave is also part of this misinformation campaign and there is no truth in it, he alleged.
“His dream to unfurl national flag at Red Fort would remain a dream,” Kumar said.
“It is not just dictatorship. It is fascism and those who believe in fascism, their icon is Hilter. They they will do what Hitler did. Hitler’s propaganda minister would tell a lie hundreds of times and it would seem to be true. The same thing is happening here now,” he said.
Dismissing Modi’s barb that he was dreaming to become prime minister, he asked when did he dream to become PM but added that such an aspiration was not a bad thing.
“Gujaratis are very fond of ice-creams but this sweetness is not visible in his (Modi) speech. He kept drinking water, wiping sweat and cursing me… The man dreaming to be on the country’s highest post should be sober, why this unnecessary excitement and hurry?
“You can create hype around an individual but it can’t ensure your victory. Bihar’s poor will vote for those who fight for them. Those aspiring for the top post must speak sweetly with everybody and take everyone along,” he said.