Patna: Trying to get electoral benefits in Bihar ahead of first phase of voting, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday organized a function to celebrate the 113th birth anniversary of socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan in his village Sitab Diara in Saran.
Interestingly, the function which was convened to pay tribute to the great social reformer turned into to an election rally as several NDA candidates of the area were on stage with BJP president Amit Shah.
Ministers Ananth Kumar and Rajiv Pratap Rudy and other Bihar MP’s were present to pay tribute to Jayaprakash Narayan but soon the event turned political with the leaders utilising the stage to criticise Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad and Congress.
“Both Lalu and Nitish have killed JP’s ideology and are in Sonia Gandhi’s court for power. I appeal people to vote for BJP and not those who have betrayed JP,” Amit Shah said.
“Lalu and Nitish have given ’tilanjali’ (abandoned) to JP’s ideology. The best tribute to JP will be to elect all BJP candidates and make them win,” Ananth Kumar said.
PM Modi hails Jayaprakash Narayan
Earlier, speaking at a function in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Jayaprakash Narayan on his 113th birth anniversary and said that agitations like the JP movement, Navnirman Movement and Emergency paved way for a new kind of politics in the country.
Speaking during a function which was attended by BJP veteran LK Advani, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh and NCP leader DP Tripathi, Modi said, “Leadership born during Emergency was not one for the TV screens. It was a leadership to live and die for the nation.” “So many people in politics today owe their initial days to those days of Emergency and the JP movement. A new political generation was born,” he added.
“Media should not let the country forget Emergency. We need not cry while remembering Emergency. Lets talk about how the anti-Emergency movement strengthened democracy. In 1977 polls, top leadership was in jail. No one knew what was happening but see the strength of people and their respect for democracy,” Modi added.
“Emergency did a lot of damage to nation, it was an attack on India’s democratic tradition,” he went on to say.
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