On August 18th, after dedicating development projects worth Rs. 1.25 lakh crores in Ara district of Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a mega Parivartan Rally in Saharsa. Beginning his address and speaking about the upcoming state elections, the Prime Minister said that it was very clear which way the wind was blowing in Bihar.
He noted that how seven years back the flood in Kosi Riveradversely affected the lives of lakhs of people in the entire state. Adding further, the Prime Minister quoted, “People across India stood with you during those times. But the arrogance of a few people in power is such they can't understand things.” Adding further the Prime Minister said that if someone launched a personal attack on him, he would never comment about them in public. “But when because of arrogance, the pain of the people is toyed with, I can't stop myself”, he further added.
People from Gujarat, the PM said, had contributed Rs. 5 crore from their hard earned money for relief work after the devastating flood but those in power at that time refused the cheque. “See the arrogance. You were suffering while their arrogance was sky high. He sent the cheque back. Is this behaviour acceptable?” said Shri Modi. Speaking further, Shri Modi said that due to such arrogance, the dreams of people of Bihar were shattered completely.
Shri Narendra Modi also recalled the contribution of Jayaprakash Narayan who was put in jail during the Emergency period for raising voice against corruption. He held the Congress party under Indira Gandhi’s rule responsible for the same. “Who is responsible for the demise of JP? These people of the Congress who played these games with JP”, said the Prime Minister.
In his address, the PM also took note on surge in crime rates under the current JDU Government. “In January 2015 the crimes in Bihar stood at 13,808. In 6 months the number has reached 18,500”, said Shri Modi. He expressed concern over the number of riots in Bihar that rose steadily from around 866 in January to around 1500 by the month of June. The common people of Bihar, Shri Modi said were not safe. “These killings and riots have to stop”, the PM added.
PM Narendra Modi said that today’s Bihar was moving towards the politics of development. He exhorted the people of Bihar to elect a steady and development oriented NDA Government in the coming State elections. Shri Narendra Modi said that the Centre has been committed to Bihar’s development and the special package worth Rs. 1.25 lakh crores would change the face of Bihar.