Right decision to break our alliance with NDA: Nitish Kumar

Patna, July 15 (ANI): A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress saying that the ruling party hides behind the veil of secularism, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said his comments vindicate the Janata Dal United's stand to break away from the NDA.

"Now, it seems it was indeed the right decision to break of our alliance with the BJP," Kumar told media here.

Earlier in the day, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Ali Anwar also denounced Modi for his remark on secularism and said that he was cleverly using his words, but always attributing them to the Muslims of the country.

"Narendra Modi tries acting clever and uses phrases, idioms and words which are symbolic of insulting the minority Muslims," said Anwar.

Modi had on Sunday charged the Congress with wearing the "burqa (veil) of secularism" and "hiding in a bunker" each time it is confronted with a crisis.

Addressing a public meeting in Pune, Modi also attacked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on the issue of his party's "failure" to eradicate poverty and alleged that it was raising the bogey of a "threat to secularism" to throttle the people's aspirations.

Modi also blamed the Congress for the deteriorating economic condition of the country, and specifically targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a great economist, for failing to prevent the free fall of the rupee.

"When India achieved Independence, that time one Indian rupee was equivalent to one U.S. dollar. Today, the Indian rupee is in a free fall. What is the reason behind the free fall of the rupee? It is because the Congress is neck-deep in corruption," he said. (ANI)


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