Nitish: BJP may foment communal passion

Nitish: BJP may foment communal passion

Seeks total prohibition in UP

Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) president Nitish Kumar on Saturday accused the BJP of trying to foment communal passion in Uttar Pradesh, where assembly elections were due early next year.

Addressing a public meeting at Chunar in state's Mirzapur district, about 300 kilometres from here, Nitish also targeted the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BSP and sought support from the people for a government led by JD (U) alliance.

“There is a need to be careful.....some forces may try to engineer communal violence in UP to gain mileage in the polls...we should thwart the designs of such forces”, the Bihar chief minister said.

He also attacked the BJP for making “false promises” to the people of the country during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “The BJP government at the centre has not fulfilled any of the promises made during the polls”, he said.

Nitish also sought total prohibition in UP and declared that the JD (U) would impose complete ban on liquor inthe state if it came to power after 2017 assembly elections. “People in Bihar are very happy after prohibition”, he claimed.

Bihar chief minister's choice of venue was significant as the region had a sizeable number of 'kurmi' voters.

Apparently Nitish, who hails from the same caste, had set his eyes on the community, which traditionally supported the Apna Dal, a regional caste based outfit, formed by Sonelal Patel.

Apna Dal, which had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the BJP and won two seats in UP, has since split. While one faction was led by LS MP Anupriya Patel, the other was led by her mother Krishna Patel.

Nitish had earlier addressed a public meeting at Pindra in Varanasi district, the Lok Sabha constituency of prime minister Narendra Modi.
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