With the high stake turf of Bihar ready to witness the biggest poll battle of the year, the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) is confident of returning in power and defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state.

“Story of BJP&’s downfall will start from Bihar. And BJP knows the consequences of losing Bihar very well as the stakes are high. And this is the reason why the entire nation is eyeing on Bihar,” Bashistha Narain Singh, state president of the JD-U told thestatesman.com.

“Roots of the BJP are shaken after its humiliating defeat in Delhi earlier this year,” Singh added.

Hinting of leadership deficit in the BJP for only promoting its Prime Minister Narendra Modi&’s face, Singh said, “It is a compulsion for BJP to push Modi as the party&’s face in Bihar. The BJP faces a leadership deficit in the state as they do not have a single face or a capable leader to represent their party.”

“And when prime minister is in the poll arena to take on the state&’s chief minister, then the contest automatically converts to a national level contest,” he added.

Charging Modi for not giving any attention to Bihar for over 14 months even after winning the 2014 general elections, Singh said, “Modi promised number of things for Bihar during the Lok Sabha poll campaigns but he didn’t remembered his words till the time elections inched closer in the state.”

“And now when the assembly elections are due he came and announced special package for Bihar,” the JD-U leader added.

The JD-U leader also feels that all the announcements made by the prime minister would remain in papers and won’t see the day&’s light.

He also refuted Modi&’s claim of special package to boost the development projects in the state, and said, “Modi has not announced that in what time frame and how the funds of the special package would be given to the state.”

“The most surprising part is that there was no mention of any special package to the state in the budget of the union government,” Singh added.  

The Prime Minister on August 18 during his Ara visit announced a special package of Rs.1.25 lakh crore for Bihar ahead of his third Parivartan rally in Seharsa.