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Rs 1.25 lakh crore Bihar package: It's advantage Narendra Modi and BJP in 2015 assembly elections as well as 2019 general elections
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the dedication of the National Highway projects to the nation, at Ara, in Bihar on August 18, announced a surprise financial package worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore for the poll-bound state.
In the run up to the 2014 general elections, Narendra Modi had promised Rs 50,000 crore to Bihar as a special package. Major opposition parties Jin the state like JD(U), RJD and Congress had regularly accused PM Narendra Modi of not keeping his promise. In the last two rallies although Modi had hinted that whatever package Bihar will get it will be more than Rs 50,000 crore. And finally he surprised everyone with this development package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore in addition to ongoing programs and unspent packages amounting to Rs 40,000 crore.

From the above package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore it's now clear that Narendra Modi has a detailed plan for Bihar's development. No doubt the package is focusing on the upcoming state assembly elections also, but, it's also part of his mission to develop eastern part of the country.

The announcement of package has put the JDU-led opposition in a fix. Nitish Kumar reacted to the package saying, "assistance is our right not favour".

While announcing this package Modi also revealed some interesting facts that Vajpayee government had alloted Rs 10000 crore of which Rs 1000 remain unspent. UPA government granted a package of Rs 8000 crore and that too only when JDU called off its relationship with BJP and sided with the Congress. Those 8000 crore rupees too remained unspent.

Modi categorically said that the ongoing programs and unspent packages amounting to Rs 40000 crore are not included in this special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore.

Point is simple. NDA governments, be it of Atal Bihari Vajpayee or NarendraModi, gave better packages to Bihar. UPA-II gave a package of Rs 8000 crore (that was completely unspent) only as a reward to JD (U) for divorcing BJP. Thus it was a political package and never meant for the development of Bihar.

Whether BJP wins or loses Bihar assembly elections, Modi will stick to this package keeping in sight 2019 general elections. Problem will be to JD(U)-led alliance as it will be difficult for them to brand Modi as an anti-Bihar leader. Particularly JD(U) will be in a difficult situation to answer its alliance with RJD (synonymous to corruption and jungleraj) and the Congress (corruption and its treatment to Jai Prakash Narayan).

Narendra Modi is a brilliant strategist when it is about cornering his opponents. It's just a start. Let's see what happens in the days to come. By announcing the development package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore, Modi has already demolished whatever little advantage was achieved by JDU-led alliance by kicking-off an early assembly election campaign.

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