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IBN Dialogue Bihar 2.0: Bihar staring at Jungle Raj under Nitish Kumar, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Network 18 brought all the top leaders of Bihar on one stage to explore the truth behind issues that matter.

Updated:September 11, 2015, 6:13 PM IST
IBN Dialogue Bihar 2.0: Bihar staring at Jungle Raj under Nitish Kumar, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Network 18 brought all the top leaders of Bihar on one stage to explore the truth behind issues that matter.

The poll bugle has been sounded in Bihar with just a month left before that state goes to vote to elect its Assembly. Amid the volleys of blames that are being thrown by political leaders, Network 18 brought all the top leaders on one stage to explore the truth behind issues that matter. Network 18's IBN Dialogue Bihar 2.0, a day-long programme, was held in Patna.

Here are the highlights of the event:

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: NDA is a different alliance than JDU-RJD partnership. Bihar voters are very matured and will do the best for the state.

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: I am not in the race for CM post. The party will decide on the CM at an appropriate time, all we want to do is work for the state.

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: Telecom Ministry is working to curb mobile drops.

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: This election is about hope and aspiration. The state wants development and progress. This election will prove that Bihar has moved beyond caste and religion.

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: If BJP comes to power in Bihar, the first priority will be education, both in schools as well as colleges.

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: Centre sought land for developmental projects in Bihar but was denied by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: Lalu Prasad's statement on PM Modi's UAE visit was shameful.

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: Voters want change and are looking towards BJP-led NDA.

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: Bihar is falling back on development parameters under Nitish Kumar. Bihar is staring at jungle raj under

## Ravi Shankar Prasad: Nitish Kumar must answer on fodder scam, 'Alkatra' scam and jungle raj.

## BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad: It is a welcome sign that Nitish Kumar is talking about development.

## BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives to address the IBN Dialogue Bihar 2.0

## NCP's Tariq Anwar: Our party's agenda is development

## NCP's Tariq Anwar: All the parties contesting the elections have enjoyed power but failed to develop the state. The state has not seen any development on the industrial front.

## NCP's Tariq Anwar: Farmer issues need to be tackled on a priority basis.

## BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain: Muslims don't trust Nitish Kumar.

## BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain: I am a BJP worker, want to remain a kingmaker. I am not in the race for CM.

## BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain: Atal ji is like my father and PM Modi is like my elder brother.

## BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain: Vote for the BJP as it is the only party that can develop the state.

## BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain: Nitish Kumar ditched BJP by calling the party communal.

## BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain: BJP will ask the voters as to who can develop the state. Nitish Kumar failed to honour the mandate.

## BPCC chief Ashok Choudhry: Congress has always advocated welfare of all sections of the society

## BPCC chief Ashok Choudhry: Congress has many capable leaders and the party will rise once again

## Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Choudhry: Congress is committed to the development of the state

## Lalu Prasad: We are here to treat BJP and the RSS, I have joined hands with Nitish only to bring down and defeat the BJP.

## Lalu Prasad: Whichever CM or PM goes to US, never comes back to power

## Lalu Prasad: Why did Modi go to a mosque in Dubai? If so, why did he refuse to wear the skull cap when a muslim offered it to him?

## Lalu Prasad: We ask BJP what is the caste of the landless families? What is the caste of the labourers?

## Lalu Prasad: In Indian villages, every third family is landless. Along with caste census there should be economic and educational census as well. There are castes in the society and if castes were not there then there would not have been the underprivileged in the society

## Lalu Prasad: BJP is playing caste card in the Bihar state election. Caste system is a reality in the state and NDA government suppressed caste census.

## Lalu Prasad: People from backward classes and Muslims see me as their saviour. BJP accusing me of jungle raj but I gave voice to the backwards.

## Lalu Prasad: The businessmen in India are crying. None of the policies are making a favourable environment for industries. After service tax has been levied, prices of everything has gone up

## Lalu Prasad: BJP isnt a political party, it is a face of RSS. RSS is the training centre. They are running the Central government not the BJP.

## Lalu Prasad: Narendra Modi promised Rs 15 lakh to everyone but failed to deliver.

## Lalu Prasad: BJP created an atmosphere that it will bring back black money but where is the black money? The Modi government had been saying they had details of the black money and will it back.

## Lalu Prasad: This is not a fight of Bihar, this is a fight for the nation

## Lalu Prasad: Sushil Modi was Nitish Kumar's stepney, now he is talking of jungle raj.

## Lalu Prasad: All the work was done by the UPA government and now Narendra Modi is reaping the benefits.

## Lalu Prasad: Some politicians cross all ethical limits during discussions on electronic media.

## Dharmendra Pradhan: Bihar has always given a decisive mandate even if I may not like it. BJP-led NDA if best suited to develop Bihar.

## Dharmendra Pradhan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working for development of India, has launched several schemes for the poor and downtrodden.

## Dharmendra Pradhan: People of Bihar have given all the answers to the questions facing the state in 2014. The decision in Bihar will give direction to the country.

## Dharmendra Pradhan: India cannot develop without the eastern part of the country.

## MoS Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan: Bihar is yearning for change. Nitish Kumar is a political opportunist, he has betrayed the people's mandate.

## Sushil Kumar Modi: Bihar does not need a government that is fighting against the Central government. For the development of Bihar, it is important that the governments in Centre and state are of the same coalition.

## Sushil Kumar Modi: Bihar is going back on all parameters... The Nitish Kumar government could not do anything in the last 25 months, it is only with the support of BJP that there was work in Bihar which Nitish Kumar is counting on.

## Sushil Kumar Modi: People gave two-third mandate to JDU-BJP combine in 2010, and not to any individual. Did you get the decisive mandate for politics of addition and subtraction?

## Nitish Kumar: There is no 'jungle raj' in Bihar, political parties are only misleading the voters. Just because we are in a coalition with RJD, people are making such comparisons. This is all a myth. RJD, Congress supporting me but law & order is much better than other states.

## Nitish Kumar: A lot of work has been done for the development of the state in the last 60 years but more work needs to be done. The fundamental issues like safe drinking water and education still need to be taken care of.

## Nitish Kumar: Central government has made Bihar elections a matter of reputation.

## Nitish Kumar: Have my agenda set if I become the Chief Minister of the state again.

## Nitish Kumar: Skill development, computer literacy, English language skill, technical education, building 5 more medical colleges, ITI, polytechnic and nursing colleges will be our focus in the next five years.

## Nitish Kumar: Our aim is to provide toilet in every house in Bihar. Bihar government will provide Rs 8000 to build toilets

## Nitish Kumar: We decided to give free Wifi in colleges in the state

## Nitish Kumar: I have felt that many youth in Bihar are looking for job but parents are not able to financial help them. To assist such people, they will be given a stipend of Rs 1000 per month for two years.

## Nitish Kumar: The students who want to study after Class 12, will be given a student credit card for Rs 4 lakh with interest subsidy 3%

## Nitish Kumar: Fertility rate has come down to 3.5 from 4.2 and aim is to make it 2. Fertility rate comes down drastically if women are educated. If girls are educated, they will also not agree to child marriage and female foeticide. New schemes are being launched to encourage girls to study.

## Nitish Kumar: We prepared a road map that has improved the agriculture sector

## Nitish Kumar: Any development is incomplete without human development so we have worked for human development with Mission Human development. Mission human development helps in mapping areas where more work needs to be done.

## Nitish Kumar: Electricity supply has increased many folds in the last 10 years

## Nitish Kumar: We have prepared the foundation for development in Bihar. Due to our efforts, people gained confidence in public health system

## Nitish Kumar: We brought an improvement in the public health system in the state. Now many people go to government hospitals compared to when we formed the government.

## Nitish Kumar: 1.70 lakh girls in class 9 when I became the CM. Today, there are 8.15 lakh girls and 8.28 lakh boys in class 9 now. This shows that girls are a better ratio when compared with the sex ratio. This has brought a major change in the society

## Nitish Kumar: Education for all was a major challenge, we have tried to ensure that education reaches all. Now, only small difference between number of boys and girls in high school.

## Nitish Kumar: All sections of society must have a stake in government. Earlier, you could not find a school in villages, now if you go, you will get to know where the school is.

## Nitish Kumar: We should ensure that there is development of all sections of the society. There should be an atmosphere of development

## Nitish Kumar: Grateful to IBN for giving us a platform to share our views

## Nitish Kumar: I have always emphasized on growth with Justice. Our programmes reflect our vision for Bihar

## Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses IBN Dialogue Bihar 2.0.

## Umesh Upadhyay delivers the welcome address at the IBN Dialogue Bihar 2.0, says media must play a constructive role in the development of the state. He also says state can develop if ruling & opposition parties focus on development.

## Network 18 News President Umesh Upadhyay welcomes Nitish Kumar at the IBN Dialogue Bihar 2.0.

## Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives for IBN Dialogue Bihar 2.0

The welcome note will be given by Network 18 news president Umesh Upadhyay and will be followed by an address by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The Chief Minister will also participate in a Q&A session and answer queries from experts.

After this session, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi will address the gathering at 11 am, which will be followed by an interactive session.

The next to address the gathering at the event will be RJD chief and former chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. He will also participate in a Q&A session after the speech. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will also be one of the speakers.

The addresses by the political leaders will culminate with a panel discussion at 12.30 pm. It will be followed by addresses from NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar, and Congress leader Nikhil Kumar. Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) President Dr Ashok Chaudhary and BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain will also be speakering at the event.

Following these, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will address the gathering and also interact with the guests.

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