Patna: With a colleague like Nitish Kumar, anything is possible – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outward appreciation for the Chief Minister of Bihar was the highlight of his address today at the launch of important projects in the state that will soon vote for a new assembly.
The remarks were made to underline the leadership of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar elections due to Nitish Kumar’s leadership for weeks and he has full support of the Prime Minister. It also sent a message to another ally, Chirag Paswan, who is publicly throwing darts at the chief minister and made it clear that his Lok Janshakti Party is not very happy about the leadership of Nitish Kumar.
“If there is willpower and determination and a sahyogi (Aide) like Nitish Kumar, is it not possible? “PM Modi said, as he said about the railway projects that had been delayed for years but fast tracked by the NDA.
In May, Mr Paswan remarked that he would support the BJP “whether it goes with Nitish Kumar’s leadership or changes his mind”.
Since then, the BJP has announced several times that Nitish Kumar is the face of the NDA chief minister and the Bihar election will be fought under his leadership.
The Prime Minister said that the projects completed by the NDA in record time during the UPA (Congress-led coalition) regime were slowed down.
Inaugurating various railway projects, PM Modi called the ‘Kosi Rail Mahasetu’ of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nitish Kumar a dream project, which was the Union Railway Minister at the time. He said that the project came to a standstill after the Vajpayee government.
“In 2003, Atal ji was the Prime Minister and Nitish ji was the Railway Minister, when the new Kosi rail line was planned with a view to solving the problems being faced by the people of Mithila and Kosi,” PM Modi said.
The former ceremony was performed by the former Prime Minister in 2003 but the following year, his government lost power. “If they (UPA) cared about the people of Mithilanchal and the people of Bihar, the Kosi rail line project would have been completed on time,” he said.
“In this period, who was in charge of the railway, whose government was there, I do not want to go into it, but the truth is that if the pace of work was the same under our government, the project would have taken ages,” the Prime Minister said.