Constituency watch: Bihar

Launching an attack on former ally for raking up contentious issues like Ram Temple, Article 370 and uniform civil code, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said BJP had digressed from the path of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“BJP in its new avatar has digressed from the path of their tallest leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” Mr. Kumar said at an election rally at Madhusarwa village in Arwal district.

Criticising BJP for bringing back the Ayodhya issue into focus, Mr. Kumar said, “We vow in the name of Lord Ram to build the temple there, but will not give the date for it,” he said rephrasing the BJP slogan.

“They are cheating not just people, even the God,” he said.

He also accused the saffron party of “playing a joke” in the name of special category status for Bihar.

“BJP leaders have time and again committed to provide special status to Bihar if voted to power, but it is not part of their manifesto,” he said.

Highlighting development works of his government in the state in last 8 years, Mr. Kumar warned if the people did not strengthen his hands in the parliamentary elections, the development process would be halted.