New Delhi, Aug 29: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of carrying on communal mobilisation in Bihar behind his rhetoric of development.
He also expressed confidence that the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress would be able to give the people a ''Modi Mukt Bihar''(Modi-free Bihar) in the coming Assembly elections.
''Mr Modi has adopted a two-layered strategy, in which on top is talk of development and under that actual mobilsation is taking place through communalisation of the atmosphere, a strategy he had adopted in the Lok Sabha elections,'' Mr Ramesh said here in interaction with members of the Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC).
The Congress leader said that the release of census data on religion was not accidental, but there was a definite design behind it. The polls in the 243 constituencies of the state would be bitterly fought and caste would be an important factor, he noted.
''We are confident that we would be able to stop the BJP Juggernaut, as we did in Delhi, and if the BJP was stopped in Bihar, this would have far reaching effect on national politics,'' Mr Ramesh said.
Describing the Patel community's violent agitation in Gujarat as a ''cataclysmic political event'', he said the phenomenon has questioned all claims of Mr Modi for his ''much trumpeted Gujarat'' model. Hardik Patel has recast the whole Gujarat scenario, Mr Ramesh added.