Monday, January 30, 2023

In Bihar, KCR lashes out at PM Modi

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday lashed out at the Narendra Modi government in the Centre and criticised its “excessive prachaar-prasaar” (publicity) besides its alleged lack of sensitivity towards the needs of the states.
Addressing a function here alongside K Chandrasekhar Rao, his Telangana counterpart, Kumar took a veiled dig at BJP which has undertaken an aggressive campaign to expand its base in the southern state.
“Your adversaries speak a lot against you. Little do they realize what stuff you are made of. You were the one whose single-minded struggle led to the creation of Telangana. The people will never desert you”, Kumar, the de facto leader of the JD(U), said. His teaming with ‘KCR’, as Rao is popularly called, is being seen as an important step in the direction of achieving opposition unity.
Kumar’s speech was preceded by KCR giving cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to five soldiers from the state who were killed in the stand-off with Chinese troops in Galwan valley of Ladakh in 2020. The Telangana CM, who heads Telangana Rastra Samiti, also gave away cheques of Rs five lakh each to family members of 12 migrant labourers from Bihar who died in a fire in Hyderabad in March.
“Your gesture of paying ex-gratia to the dead soldiers is exemplary. They did not die in your state but in a far-off place. It is truly magnanimous,” said Kumar, who recently dumped BJP, joined the multi-party ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and formed a new government.
In his brief speech in Hindi, KCR referred to Bihar as being the land of ‘kranti’ (revolution) and said his home state was the land of Godavari river, called the ‘Ganges of the south’ while the holy river itself flowed through the eastern province.
Kumar, who made the concluding remarks, expressed anguish over the Narendra Modi government’s stout refusal to accept his plea for giving special category status to Bihar.
“The special status could have helped us develop faster … I have now left them (BJP-led government). The old times were different as Atal ji (Atl Bihari Vajpayee) used to treat others with respect. Now there is no work only prachaar and prasaar”, said Kumar, who severed his ties with the saffron party accusing it of trying to break his party.
“All states are suffering under the current dispensation. States’ share in revenue is declining”, alleged Kumar. Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was among those who were present on the occasion.

Get-together of two daydreamers: Sushil Modi on Nitish Kumar-KCR meet
BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi took a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao, saying their meeting scheduled for Wednesday is a “get-together of two daydreamers”.
Telangana Chief Minister Rao, popularly known as ‘KCR’, is scheduled to arrive in Patna on Wednesday and meet Kumar as both leaders aspire to build a united front against the BJP’s hegemony. KCR will also be paying cheques of compensation to family members of soldiers who were killed in the stand-off with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.
Taking a swipe at the meeting, Modi said it is a meeting of two leaders who are losing their base in their respective states and “desiring to become prime minister of the country”. “It is a meeting of two daydreamers who have no standing in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the BJP leader told reporters. He dubbed the meeting as the “latest comedy show of opposition unity.”
Earlier this month, Nitish Kumar again switched sides, joined hands with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Lalu Prasad Yadav, after parting ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sushil Modi was a deputy chief minister for more than a decade with Kumar as the chief minister in the JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar.

SourcePTI
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