I will repeat a UP in Bihar, says Rahul - Patna - City - The Times of India I will repeat a UP in Bihar, says Rahul TNN, Sep 5, 2010, 07.13am IST SAMASTIPUR/SAHARSA: Sleeves rolled up and mood combative, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday strongly sounded a poll bugle in the north Bihar districts, exhorting people to push aside "tired politicians'' and bring forward young and new faces to change the destiny of Bihar. "I will repeat a UP in Bihar,'' he said as he recalled how people laughed at his efforts to revive Congress in UP a few years ago. After the party bettered its performance in elections, the same people started describing the party as a strong contender for power in that state. On a trip to galvanise the Congress in Bihar ahead of the assembly election due later this year, the party's youth icon addressed impressive gatherings at Samastipur and Saharsa in scorching heat. "Your chief minister speaks too much; claims that Bihar is growing fast and blames Centre for not cooperating with it,'' he said and asked people if they thought it was true. As a thunderous `no' rent the air, Rahul reacted, "I too think so because I don't see development anywhere.'' At Samastipur, the crowd waited for Rahul since 12 noon, but he arrived by an IAF chopper after 3.30 pm. He apologised for the delay and explained the chopper had developed a snag. Rahul took a dig at CM Nitish Kumar for his stand on Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. "He (Nitish) was railway minister when Godhra happened but he did not resign. Now he refuses to share dais with Modi. Biharis are beaten in Gujarat but he does not react. Bal Thackeray is an ally of NDA,'' he said and accused Nitish of practising pseudo-secularism. "He becomes a secular in the run-up to elections and holds hands of communal forces after the election,'' he said. The Congress leader said the Centre has been releasing huge funds __ thousands of crores __ to Bihar. "The money reaches Patna and then disappears. It does not reaches the poor in villages,'' he said. Denying that the Centre gives stepmotherly treatment to Bihar, Rahul quoted figures and said Bihar got Rs 50,000 crore during NDA regime at Centre while the amount doubled during the UPA rule. Maintaining that Congress will contest the assembly election alone and field candidates in all the 243 constituencies, he said, "We will form the next government''. On his arrival, Rahul was presented a `paag' (traditional headgear popular in the state's Mithila region), a Mithila painting and a huge garland of roses. State CLP leader Ashok Kumar, state PCC chief Mahboob Ali Qaiser and AICC's Bihar incharge Mukul Wasnik also addressed the rally. While Kumar and Qaiser addressed the meet, Rahul confabulated with Wasnik. During Wasnik's speech, he sat quietly even as he was sweating buckets. At the Saharsa aerodrome, Congress leaders presented a Bhagalpuri silk shawl to him and submitted a memorandum to draw his attention towards the problems faced by people in the flood-ravaged Kosi region.