Singh also attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for 'abysmal' law and order. "Elections are like festivals in democracy where all political parties are expected to discuss issues pertaining to development and welfare of the people. Instead of focusing on these issues Lalu Prasad is making statements on beef eating,” the Home Minister cited.

"He is trying to divert attention from his own failure and the failure of the Nitish Kumar government," he said addressing election meetings at Mohania, Karakat, Nabinagar and Dinara in poll-bound Bihar.

"I appeal to Nitish Kumar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi that they should stop their coalition partner from making such remarks during elections," Singh said.

The senior BJP leader said people of the state should elect a government which is willing to take action against criminals and other anti-social elements.

"When a favourable government comes to power in Patna, I will ask the Chief Minister to take strong action to improve law and order situation. The Centre will provide additional forces, if needed, to the state to maintain law and order," he said.

Noting that Bihar was one of the most backward states in the country, he said, the NDA government at the Centre was concerned about its development which it had shown by announcing a Rs 1.25 crore special economic package.

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