Former Bihar deputy chief minster and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi said in Patna on Tuesday that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is looking to for an excuse to escape from running the government.

“Arvind Kejriwal is looking for an escape route to leave the government. The Aam Aadmi Party has realised that they are unable to run the government. They can only do andolans. They are seeking a dismissal from office. The people are laughing at the drama unfolding in Delhi. Whatever Mr. Kejriwal achieved, he has lost it in 21 days,” Mr. Modi said.

He recalled another instance when Ajoy Mukherjee, West Bengal chief minister in 1969 had sat on a dharna against his own government.

Mr. Modi said the BJP stood for that ‘aam aadmi’ who did not have water and electricity connections.

Alliances

Responding to reports of perceived closeness between the Janata Dal (United) and the Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party, Mr. Modi said the LJP’s base vote of [Scheduled Caste] Paswan community was so angry that they would never vote for Nitish Kumar.

“In the 2014 Lok Sabha, the base vote of the LJP as well as the Rashtriya Janata Dal will vote for the BJP. The leaders may form alliances, but that does not mean the voters get together too. The BJP has nine MLAs from the Paswan community,” he said.

With the creation of the ‘mahadalit’ (most backward among the SCs) category the Paswans should not face discrimination. There is a chunk of the community whose conditions are as dismal as the mahadalits.

Asked about the communal incidents in Bihar after the JD (U) and BJP severed ties, Mr. Modi said, “The CM must investigate. Are the communal and extremist attacks because of us? It’s a sign that the government’s control has weakened.”

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