Nitish Kumar throws ball back into Narendra Modi court, says politics in name of terrorism is shameless

Written by Press Trust of India | Patna | Updated: Mar 5 2014, 06:51am hrs
Seeking to dismiss allegations by Narendra Modi that Bihar has become a haven for terrorists, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today questioned incidents of violence that occurred in Gujarat and other parts of the country.

"Any incident of terrorism is a cause of worry. But if on the basis of one or two incidents Bihar is called a haven of terrorism, what shall we say about several such incidents happening in Gujarat and other parts of the country" Kumar asked.

"Everybody knows who benefited from the serial blasts at the Patna rally which was a flop... had this unfortunate incident not happened it could not have attracted media coverage," Kumar, who is senior leader of JD(U), claimed.

"Befitting his personality some people see everything through the glass of communalism," he said in a retort to charges levelled by the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate at a rally at Muzaffarpur yesterday.

Kumar said that his government had taken the terrorist attack at the Buddhist temple at Bodh Gaya and at the BJP rally on October 27 last year as a challenge and took all steps to prevent recurrence of such events.

"But, playing politics in the name of terrorism when elections are around the corner is a shameless effort," he said.

The Chief Minister was speaking to reporters after a foundation-laying ceremony for a road project here.

On Modi's comments on Third Front, Kumar, who is its prime mover said "Takleef usi ko lekar hai (pain is because of this)."

On BJP efforts to play the backward and extremely backward caste cards by highlighting Narendra Modi's humble background, he said "while Bihar has annexure one and two to categorise backward castes for providing benefits is there anything like that in Gujarat"

He said people like Jayprakash Narayan, Chaudhary Charan Singh or V P Singh were not born in backward castes but championed their cause.

Stating that secularism was essence of the country's tradition, he said "Respect for all religions cannot be done only by uttering good words, but there is a need to sincerely work for welfare of all communities."

On his Gujarat counterpart's development claims, he said "Developing Bihar which is a landlocked state is far more difficult than a state located on coast and which developed in the past.

"Everybody knows the truth of his development through statistics and existence of a large number of people below the poverty line and suffering from malnutrition," he said.

On the statistics on toilets in the state given by Modi, Kumar said "As per latest figures, while 64 per cent of household in urban areas have toilets it is 28 per cent in rural areas."

On the poor condition of sugar mills in Champaran known as the sugar bowl, he said "its for his consumption that many of the closed sugar mills reopened during my time and are performing well."

About electricity, he said towns and villages were now getting 16 to 24 hours of power.