Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday dismissed the so-called wave in favour of Narendra Modi, perceived by many BJP workers, as one created by corporate houses.
"BJP workers are getting excited about wave created by one of their leaders (Narendra Modi)...it is nothing but wave created by corporate houses which will be short lived and cannot do any magic in 2014," Mr Kumar said.
Mr Kumar, whose JD(U) parted company with the BJP last Sunday over elevation of his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi as poll campaigner for his party , also questioned the saffron party's attempt to portray Modi as a OBC leader to garner OBC and extremely backward castes votes.
"Just by being born in an OBC family does not make anybody their leader. A person who is the well-wisher of corporate houses does not become leader of OBC by just taking birth in a backward caste family," he said without naming the Mr Modi.
"Chaudhary Charan Singh, Madhu Limaye and VP Singh were not born in OBC families, but are considered leaders of backward castes because they had genuine commitment for
welfare of the poor and deprived sections of society," Mr Kumar said.
Sensing that a break-up might be coming, the BJP even before the separation was organising caste meetings, Nitish Kumar observed. He said that while addressing a meeting of the BJP
Extremely Backward Castes cell, former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi had said that the Gujarat leader having a similar background cannot be stopped from becoming a prime
Nitish Kumar today comfortably won the trust vote amid a walk-out by the BJP and Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok JanShakti Party or LJP.
With the strength of the House reduced to 150 after the walk-out, the ruling party got 126 votes, including 4 of Congress, 1 of CPI and 4 Independents besides their own 117.A total of 24 votes were cast against it. This included 22 of RJD and 2 Independents.