Dwelling on the terror threat for a good part of his nearly 25-minute speech amid slippers and other objects being thrown, Narendra Modi identified 'tourism' as a major source of income of the Biharis and said that terrorism will end tourism, which, in turn will destroy Bihar (tourism khatam, Bihar hhatam), said Modi.
Prefacing his speech with the July 7, 2013 terrorist attack on the Bodh Gaya shrine, Modi regretted that the place which delivered the message of peace and fraternal feeling to the entire world was subjected to such attacks. "The Bihar govt was more anxious to protect its vote bank and not the nation," said Modi.
To the utter surprise of the Magadh people, Modi did not say anything about red terror even though the Maoists greeted his maiden visit to the temple town with two explosions that blew up mobile phone towers and placed a 5kg can bomb in Dumaria Bazar that was according to CRPF DIG Chiranjeev Prasad effectively defused in the afternoon.
At one point of time, the BJP PM nominee, targeted all three opponents, the Congress, Nitish Kumar and Lalu, reserving the most acidic epithet for Lalu, whom without naming, Modi called 'jail returned'.
In his attempt to cover as many issues as possible at his Gaya rally, Narendra Modi bemoaned the lack of development in the state and the country, and cursed Congress for its failure to contain skyrocketing prices and ridiculed the party for repeatedly presenting unfulfilled promises including jobs and civic amenities in its manifestos, the latest being the one that was released by Congress on Wednesday.
"They are now promising 10 crore jobs and in the previous 2009 manifesto they promised one job for at least one member of each family," said Modi.
Modi said taking public memory to be short, the Congress repeated the same promises each election. "But people's memory was not as short as Congress believed it to be."
He also referred to the non-execution of a 1975 irrigation project which has already cost Rs 800 crore without giving benefit to any of the 25 lakh farmers of Gaya, Aurangabad and Karakat prliamentary constituencies of the state.
In Sasaram, Modi strongly criticized Lok Sabha speaker and Congress candidate Meira Kumar for doing nothing for her constituents. Accusing Meira Kumar of political opportunism for personal gains, Narindra Modi said that Meira's father late Jagjivan Ram left the Congress on grounds of principle but she betrayed her own father by clinging to the same party that her father left.
Virtually promising the moon to the Rohtas farmers, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate regretted that despite possessing the rice bowl, the area farmers have been left to fend for themselves and their produce ends in distress sale and destruction due to non availability of storage facility. Modi also promised a three-pronged strategy to the local farmers for better procurement, remunerative price, storage and proper marketing of their produce.
Narendra Modi also regretted the non-execution of the Durgawati project launched way back in the year 1972.
The prominent participants at Modi's two Bihar meets included LJP chief Ram Bilas Paswan, BJP state chief Mangal Pandey, leader of the opposition in the Bihar assembly Nand Kishor Yadav and former urban development Minister Prem Kumar.