Prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took a dig at the Nitish Kumar-led ‘Grand Alliance’ contesting the Bihar assembly elections, saying that they were playing the “politics of opportunism”.
At a rally in Bihar’s Munger district on Thursday, Modi recalled the contribution of Jayaprakash Narayan, who died on 8 October 1979, and said, “The same people who talk about JP Narayan have sided with the Congress party, that arrested him. They are practising politics of opportunism.”
Modi remarked, “For the first time, the Bihar elections will be fought on the issues of development and youth. The youth of Bihar will change the state’s destiny. We will change the fortune of Bihar.”
He added, “Congress had turned the country into a jail. JP Narayan had the courage to even fight death. He sacrificed his life for the country. He inspired a whole new generation of youth in the country.
“When I was chief minister of Gujarat for many years, we could not organise big rallies in the morning. We had to wait till the evening. I am surprised to see such a huge crowd so early in the morning. Do you all sleep or not? This shows that there is a new wave in the state,” Modi said.