In July this year, just before the monsoon session of Parliament began, the Prime Minister had asked states to act against cow vigilantes and sought the support of opposition parties in tackling "communal violence" in the name of cow protection. "My personal assessment about the Gujarat polls is also that the BJP will win", he said.Election to the 182-member Gujarat assembly is scheduled to be held in two phases on December 9 and 14.
Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday predicted a victory for the BJP in next month's Gujarat assembly election."Do you think people of a state from where the country's Prime Minister hails, will vote the other way?"
Nitish was replying to mediapersons after his weekly Lok Samvad programme on Monday. "Why are people speculating over the results of Gujarat Assembly elections?"
Besides extending support to his ally, Nitish targeted his opponent and arch rival Lalu Prasad Yadav saying RJD's party polls were a trick to hog media limelight. The election for RJD president was held past year itself.
"Why it was suddenly called off nobody knows but the Nitish government had spent huge money on preparations...even a renowned Bollywood singer was invited to entertain the guests", Mr. Prasad had said.
"Prime Minister has assured strict action against those who have been taking the law into their hands in the name of cow vigilantism", Mr Kumar said.
On a query related to Jammu and Kashmir, Nitish differed with National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah's stand, saying, "My view is that Kashmir is an inseparable part of India and so is Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir".