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JD(U), BJP spar as Modi revisits Bihar
Gujarat CM meets kin of Patna blast victims; Nitish says people ready to ‘clean the muck’

Patna, November 2
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said he met the families of those killed in the Patna serial blasts to share “their pain and agony”.

Modi visited the families of six persons killed in serial bomb blasts at his Sunday rally to offer his condolences and said he stood by them in this hour of grief.

The ruling JD(U), however, targeted Modi and the BJP by accusing them of vitiating social harmony in the state.

Taking a dig at Modi, Bihar Chief Minister and Modi’s bete noire Nitish Kumar said people of Bihar had purchased brooms in large quantity during dhanteras to “clean the muck”.

BJP reacted in equal measure, with former minister Giriraj Singh equating Nitish with a “dehati aurat” (rural woman) and saying the JD(U) leader was quarrelling with Modi out of “jealousy”.

“He is behaving like a dehati aurat (rural woman) and quarrelling with Narendra Modi out of jealousy,” Singh said at Patna airport.

“It does not seem he is a Chief Minister the way he is acting against Narendra Modi out of jealousy,” he said.

During his visit to the victims’ homes in four different districts of Bihar, including Nalanda - the home district of Chief Minister and his Nitish Kumar - Modi assured the family members of all help from the party.

The Gujarat Chief Minister’s visit was marked by tight security after the state government came under attack from the BJP over alleged security lapses at his rally that was rocked by serial explosions before he began his address.

Referring to the blast victims as “shaheed” (martyr), Modi tweeted at the end of his visit: “We are all a part of one family and stand by them in this hour of grief”.

Modi, whose visit was delayed by more than two hours this morning due to fog, handed over a cheque for Rs 5 lakh on behalf of the party to each of the victim's families he met. The amount is equal to that announced by Nitish Kumar for the kin of victims at his press meet soon after the blast. Modi first headed for Gaurichak in old Patna locality to offer his condolences to the kin of 65-year-old Azeemchak resident Raj Narain Singh. He garlanded Singh’s photograph, sat on the floor as he consoled the family and handed them the cheque.

Modi also hailed the people of Bihar for showing patience despite the serial bomb blasts and compared it to the strong resistance shown by freedom fighters against British rule.

“By standing firm amid explosions and firing, people of Bihar showed eternal patience on the rally day,” he said and compared it to the strong resistance shown by freedom fighters against British rule.

“We see in films how the British used to trample the people under horses and police rained blows with batons on them, but the people stood the ground showing patience,” he said outside the VIP lounge of Jayprakash Narayan airport at the end of his tour. — Agencies





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