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#ModiInBanka: PM promises pro-poor stance, to serve people of Bihar; Nitish, Lalu hit back

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:15 IST

Addressing a huge rally at Banka, Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised on the pro-poor policies of his government like 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padaho' and 'Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna'.

He also urged Maoists to give up violence and believe in the power of 'ballot'.

However, as Modi was trying to sweep Bihari voters off their feet, his arch rivals Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar were giving their rebuttals to his claims.

Here are the main points that the PM made and his nemeses' responses:

1) 'Bihar will celebrate two Diwalis this time, one on the election result day and the other on the actual festival.'

2) 'India can't progress without the development of Bihar and vice-versa.'

3) 'Bihar needs a government which can provide employment to the youth, help the farmers with progressive policies, and empower women.'

Lalu Prasad Yadav's response to the PM's vision: 'Modi stabbed 2 crore young people in the back by falsely promising employment. Do they have any youth leader in Bihar?'

4) Modi said that 'after experimenting with communism, capitalism, and having faced terrorism, maoism and casteism, Bihar should give vikas or development a chance.'

Nitish Kumar's response to that: 'Bihar will be run by a Bihari, not an outsider.'

5) 'I met NRIs from Bihar in the US, they were all interested in the their state's future,' the PM said.

6) Talking about Bihar special package, Modi said that 'Bihar government isn't worth giving a single penny.' He recalled how the state government had refused centre's help of 5,000 crore during Kosi floods.

7) He said 'the Bihar government could not be trusted after what they did with Manjhi.'

8) Modi exalted NDA as a pro-poor government and talked of schemes like 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' and 'Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna'.

9) Modi said, 'Nitish Kumar should not ask for votes as he had said in the last elections that if electricity isn't provided to the people of Bihar he wouldn't seek their votes in 2015.' In the same breath he said that his aim was to provide electricity 24 hours round the year to the poor.

10) Talking about housing facilities for the poor he said 'under NDA rule by 2022 every poor will have a house to live in.'

11) Modi hauled Bihar government over coal saying that 'while Jharkhand had risen to the third spot in World Bank's Ease of doing business list, Bihar has remained on the 27th spot.'

12) Modi also criticised the government for not being able to curb Kala-azar (Visceral leishmaniasis).

13) 'If Bihar brings NDA in power then I will be there to serve the people.'

14) Modi also appealed to the Maoists: 'Don't believe in bullet, believe in the power of Ballot'.

CM Nitish Kumar commented on Modi's silence on reservation and Jungal raj in Bihar.

First published: 2 October 2015, 6:20 IST