After Modi lauded Nitish Kumar but targeted him and the Congress on Bihar's development, the former chief minister said: "Modi is lauding one of us and attacking another. It is a clear strategy to divide us. But it will never succeed."

Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United, Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have formed an alliance against the BJP in the coming Bihar assembly election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded Chief Minister Nitish Kumar but targeted his allies RJD leader Lalu Prasad and the Congress on the issue of Bihar's development.

Modi, who arrived here earlier in the day, referred to Nitish Kumar seven times in his speech here, praising him for his various requests and suggestions related to the development of Bihar.

Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United, Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have formed a grand alliance to defeat the BJP-led coalition in the upcoming Bihar assembly election.

Modi, who shared the stage with Nitish Kumar at the Veterinary College ground, admitted that he agreed with the chief minister that railway projects for Bihar started when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister were delayed after the Congress took power in 2004.

But Modi made no effort to spare Lalu Prasad and the earlier Congress-led UPA government - the RJD leader was its Railway Minister - for allegedly blocking and delaying some projects meant for Bihar.Modi did not take Lalu Prasad's name but made references to the railway minister then. But he attacked the Congress by name.

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