NEW DELHI: Prime Minister
on Wednesday raked up the RJD-era to launch a scathing attack on
, asking the people of Bihar to beware of the "yuvraj" (crown prince) of "
Addressing a rally in Muzzafarpur, the Prime Minister cautioned the voters that a return of the "jungle raj" will bring a double whammy for the state in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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"It is a party which patronised criminals and ensured the riches of one family grew," he said in a veiled dig at the RJD over the corruption scandals involving Lalu Prasad and his family members.
"Just imagine, the amount that is being spent and schemes being launched to fight Covid-19, so if such a 'toli' (troop) comes in Bihar, what will happen to this fund? What else can people of Bihar expect from the 'Yuvraj' (prince) of 'Jungle Raj', given their past record? You know them better than I do," he added.
In a clear reference to Yadav's promise of 10 lakh permanent government jobs if his party was voted to power, the Prime Minister said, "Forget about government jobs, even private companies will flee if those with a copyright to kidnapping industry come to power."
"Companies will shut down their offices and run away. Extortion calls will be made by those patronised by the party which has a copyright over kidnappings," he said, raking up the 15 years of RJD rule in Bihar when the party often faced criticism over lawlessness in the state.
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The Prime Minister said the ongoing election is an opportunity for the people to re-elect those who pulled the state out of the darkness.
"The Centre has many plans for Bihar which will bring more peace and prosperity with Nitish Kumar at the helm in the state," he said.
The Prime Minister further stated that the people of Bihar are moving forward with a resolve to defeat Covid-19, but these forces (Mahagathbandhan) who are indulging in damaging Bihar need to be defeated.
"Your vote will decide the future of Bihar in the coming decade. Your vote will decide what will be the role of Bihar in India that is taking the resolution of becoming 'Atmanirbhar' (self-reliant)," he said.
Bihar's youth, women, entrepreneurs and farmers are very capable, there is something special about this state and every district is special, PM Modi said.
"When an environment of fast development has been created in Bihar, the power of these local products has increased manifold. New opportunities are being unfolded for these products," said PM Modi.
The poor families of Bihar are getting the basic facilities that they have been waiting for decades, said PM Modi.
"The poor families here are now availing facilities like electricity and gas connection, washrooms, house and free medical treatment under Ayushman Bharat scheme," he added.
Earlier today, at a rally in Darbhanga, the Prime Minister launched an attack on Congress and other opposition parties, saying that those who used to ask us about the date of Ram temple construction are now compelled to applaud.
"After years-long wait, the construction of Ram temple has started. Those political people who used to ask us for a date (for temple construction) are now compelled to applaud... It is the identity of BJP and NDA. We do what we promise," he said.
Voting began on 71 constituencies spread across 16 districts in the first phase of the Bihar assembly elections on Wednesday. Polling for the second phase will take place on November 3 and for the third phase on November 7. The results will be declared on November 10.
(With inputs from agencies)