Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders at the 'Prabuddha Nagrik Sammelan', or the Intellectual Citizens' Convention, at Gyan Bhawan in Patna on Sunday played down the threat from an united front of the opposition parties saying such groups were made up of 'tired and rejected people' who were in the habit of putting up such dramas before each election in India.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, speaking on the occasion said that Congress and its allies were made up of tired and rejected people who could not stop the Narendra Modi caravan that was backed by a majority of the people of India.

"They cannot stop it as NDA will score victories on all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar," Prasad said referring to next year's Parliamentary elections.

Touting the achievements of the Modi administration, Prasad declared that the last four years, India had seen the biggest investments ever and its 7.5% growth rate was even commended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, echoing the sentiments of Prasad, said that the leaders in the opposition will once again try to forge a rag-tag coalition of failed politicians and parties that will be crushed by the people of India.

"Congress is a party that has ruled the country for over 40 years and it believes that only it has the right to form a government at the Center. Now it is relying on help from small, regional parties to come back in power but the people of India will overwhelmingly reject its attempt and send NDA back into power," Modi said.

Others who were present on the occasion included Central Minister Ram Kripal Yadav, Bihar minister Nand Kishore Yadav and Mangal Pandey, and BJP state President Nityanand Rai.

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