Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, issued a warning on Saturday that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not re-elected, Bihar’s borderlands (seemant) will be “infested with infiltrators.”
The statement was made by Shah, who is known as the “principal strategist” of the BJP, during a gathering in the nearby countries of Nepal and Bangladesh legislative district of Jhanjharpur.
Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, and Lalu Prasad, the head of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, were accused of engaging in “appeasement politics” by the home minister, who talked for about 30 minutes.
“I would like to congratulate the people of Bihar for putting up a resistance that forced the state government to withdraw its order that was done away with holidays on Rakshabandhan, the festival of brothers and sisters, and Janmashtami, dedicated to Lord Krishna,” added Shah.
The reference was to the recent teacher strikes throughout the state, which forced the education administration to scrap a new calendar that was implemented to make sure that there were enough school days in a year.
The home minister continued his diatribe against “tushtikaran” (appeasement) by criticizing the Congress, a member of the state’s governing coalition, for its inaction on the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and Article 370, which granted Jammu and Kashmir special status.
The home minister praised PM Modi for repealing Article 370 and making it feasible to build the temple “by January next year,” but she also struck a worrisome note.
The whole area would get infested with infiltrators (saara seemant kshetra ghuspaithiyon se bhar jaaega) if the Lalu-Nitish combo (jodi) comes to power in Bihar and Narendra Modi does not retake the position of Prime Minister, said Shah.
“In such a case, Bihar will face a wide range of problems (anek prakaar ke sawaal khade honge).” Do you want infiltrators to be everywhere? the home minister questioned.
But he expressed assurance that the BJP-led NDA, which did well in Bihar during the last two Lok Sabha elections, will win “all 40 seats” in the state in 2024.
Shah further criticized the INDIA alliance for allegedly defaming “Sanatana Dharma” and said that the Congress-led coalition dropped the term “UPA” because it had been linked to “scams involving Rs 12 lakh crore”.
For the purpose of advancing his bid for prime minister, Nitish Kumar, according to Shah, is now turning a blind eye to some of the frauds that included Lalu Prasad, who was the railway minister at the time.
“But Nitish should be aware that the position of prime minister is vacant. His partnership with Lalu is like attempting to combine oil and water. Shah said, “Water is tainted, but the oil doesn’t get dissolved.
Shah also said that while the chief minister was considering running for prime minister, his ally was working on strategies to support his son (deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav) in assuming the position.
The goddess Sita, who is said to have been found by King Janaka not far from the rally’s location, was invoked by the former BJP president at the beginning of his address.
The home minister emphasized the advantages that were projected to accrue to Bihar through the Center’s Ramayana Circuit tourist plan, which spans several areas of the state and criticized the INDIA group for allegedly defaming Bihar.
He said that the display of artwork from the Nalanda and Madhubani schools during the G20 presidency was evidence of PM Modi’s great regard for Bihar’s cultural legacy.
“The African Union’s inclusion at the G20 was made possible by PM Modi. Since then, I’ve been traveling all around the nation. India’s expanding influence makes young people proud, according to the Union home minister.
Indicating that the Nitish Kumar administration was “deeply asleep” (Kumbhkaran ki neend) while Bihar, namely the Mithila area, was experiencing floods and anarchy (jungle raj), Shah said that the UPA spent less than half as much on projects in Bihar as the Modi administration had so far donated Rs 5.92 lakh crore for.
Shah, who traveled there in a helicopter from Darbhanga, praised the Modi administration for building the Patna airport and said that $1,200 million had been set aside to enhance it.
He also accused the state administration of blocking the building of the AIIMS in Darbhanga, “which would have made Bihar a state with more than one such hospital (after Patna)”.
“The Nitish Kumar administration had given the project a parcel of land that wasn’t appropriate. Additionally, they have allegedly taken back all 81 acres, according to Shah.