Patna: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a 'virtual' election campaign in Bihar by making a veiled attack against Nitish Kumar saying that those who 'betrayed' BJP will be defeated by people of the state.

"There is a 1974-like anti-Congress wave prevailing in the country now. The mandate of the people of Bihar was for NDA. Like then (in 1974), those who betrayed the people's mandate in Bihar will be taught a lesson," Modi said.

The Bihar Chief Minister, who has been opposed to Modi's style of politics, dumped BJP after his elevation as election campaign chief last month.

Modi talked to leaders of BJP in Bihar over their mobile telephone through audio bridge technology.  A total of 1,500 leaders across the state were chosen and they were divided into three groups.  He talked to five leaders of each group.

Among those Modi talked to were former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, former Ashwani Chaube, who was stranded in Uttarakhand for some time, state BJP vice president Sanjay Mayuk, MLAs Nitin Narain and Vijay Singh.

Bihar BJP president Mangal Pande told Modi that everyone was talking about the possibility of his becoming Prime Minister. The Chief Minister laughed away the suggestion and said price rise was now emerging as a major issue and BJP workers should work hard to fight the Congress-led government at the Centre.

Modi tele-conference a 'drama': JD-U

Terming Modi’s tele-conference a ‘drama’, the JD-U said that the use of high tech is an urban phenomenon and hence was not very effective among masses.

"This is just a drama. Use of high technology makes an effect in urban areas where there is high literacy ... What difference will it make in rural areas where majority of population does not have access to TV or other IT means," Bihar JD-U president Bashist Narayan Singh said.

"If somebody or some party thinks that through use of high technology they can have everything, its their thinking but we don't buy this," he said.


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