A day after BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi held rally in minority-dominated Bhagalpur, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday hit at his rival saying the minority Muslim community are “frightened” hearing his name.

“Minority community are frightened hearing his name. How can he take the country together,” Mr. Kumar said addressing an election rally in at Garohtiya panchayat in Bhagalpur.

Mr. Kumar was canvassing for JD(U) candidate from Bhagalpur Abu Kaisar who is pitted against BJP’s Syed Shahnawaz Hussain for the Bhagalpur seat that would go to poll on April 24. RJD has fielded Bullo Mandal on the seat.

The Bihar Chief Minister also hit at his bête noire Lalu Prasad and said that he claims himself as champion of secularism but is in alliance with Congress under whose regime Bhagalpur riots had broken in 1989.

He alleged that RJD during its rule in the state gave shelter to perpetrators of riots in Bhagalpur in which nearly a thousand of minority community people were killed.

The riot victims got justice only when JD(U)-led NDA came to power, he claimed.

“We not only punished the accused of Bhagalpur riots but also provided monthly pension for victim families,” Mr. Kumar said.

Launching a blistering attack at BJP, he said while they were trying to bring the name of their leader (Narendra Modi) in every household the JD(U) intends to take development in every house.

Rebel RJD leader Samrat Chaudhary, who had played a major role in defection of 13 RJD MLAs from Mr. Lalu Prasad’s party, was present on the dais with Mr. Kumar.