Visiting Bihar for the first time from where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar kept him away during the period of their alliance, the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate repeatedly attacked Nitish for snapping of JD(U)-BJP ties in June. He alleged that Nitish was playing hide and seek with Congress, against whom his mentors JP and Lohia fought all their lives, and was dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister.

"One who shunned Jaiprakash, why can't he leave BJP. He fought all his life to free the nation from the Congress and the one who claims to be Lohia's disciple has stabbed him in his back and is now playing hide and seek with Congress. Whether his followers will forgive him or not, the souls of Lohia and JP will never forgive his deeds," Modi said addressing a mammoth public meeting here at the Gandhi Maidan.
    
Just minutes before he spoke, six serial bomb blasts rocked the venue of the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate's rally, leaving at least five dead and 71 injured. Modi did not refer to the blasts in his speech but appealed to his followers to reach home safety.
    
Without taking Nitish's name and referring to him derisively as "friend", the Gujarat Chief Minister attacked Nitish for not allowing him to campaign in Bihar in the last assembly polls and said he had accepted the "humiliation" for the sake of not allowing "Jungle Raj" in Bihar again.
    
Modi vowed to oust JD(U) which had quit NDA opposing his elevation as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate.
       
In his over 40-minute speech, Modi started with Bhojpuri and intermittently used Maithli and Magehi - the three main dialects of the state.
        
Taking a jibe at the Bihar Chief Minister, Modi cited an instance where he and Nitish were sharing a table at a luncheon by the Prime Minister during a meeting of Chief Ministes in Delhi and Nitish was "not eating and was uncomfortable and kept looking around".
    
"I understood the matter and told him, there are no cameras around. You can have your food....There is a limit to hypocracy," he said.
       
The Gujarat Chief Minister attacked the Congress saying it was misguiding people in the name of secularism and pitched for Hindu-Muslim unity for the development of the nation, saying neither of them wanted to fight each other and need to together fight poverty instead.

Kumar had distanced himself from Modi after the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.
    
In June this year, JD(U) quit NDA saying that BJP would pick Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate, which it did three months later.
    
Speaking in Bhojpuri initially before switching over to Hindi, Modi criticised state Rural Works and Panchayati Raj Minister Bhim Singh, saying he had belittled the martyrdom of the five Indian soldiers who were killed by Pakistani soldiers in a border attack.
    
Singh had said in August that, "people join the Army and police to get martyred".
    
Referring to those remarks, Modi, without referring to Singh, said, "A government whose minister speaks mean language deserves to be removed so that the dignity of our soldiers is not lowered."
    
With BJP President Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi present on the dais with him, the Gujarat chief minister also took a snipe at RJD President Lalu Prasad.
    
Modi referred to himself having called up Prasad in May after the RJD president was injured in a freak road accident. The windshield of the car the former Bihar chief minister had been travelling in was broken and shards of glass had injured Prasad.
    
Modi had tweeted following the incident that, "Spoke to Lalu ji this morning asking him about his health after an accident yesterday. Hope he gets back to the best of the health soon."
    
"Since I come from the land which has Dwarka, (land of Lord Krishna) it's my duty to share the grief of yaduvanshi (caste to which Prasad belongs)," he said.
    
Modi also backed the special package demanded by the state unit of BJP and asked the people to wait for "another 200 days" (when the BJP would come to power).
    
Thanking the people of Bihar for showering love on him, Modi said he would return it "with interest".
    
Modi devoted almost half the duration of his nearly 45- minute speech on Nitish before switching over to the "Shahzada" and the "failure" of the UPA government at the Centre.

(Agencies)

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