Mounting a blistering attack on the Congress-JMM-RJD alliance in Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged on Monday their “self-seeking” past governments were driven by the “lust for power” and exploited the mineral-rich state’s resources while neglecting its people.

He also accused the previous Congress governments at the Centre of procrastinating resolution of the Kashmir tangle and the vexed Ayodhya dispute.

“This election is a contest between those who serve and those who loot. The Congress has problems, we have the solutions. They have accusations, we have the report of the work we have done. They have empty promises, we have the proof of development,” Modi told a poll rally in Daltonganj, his first ahead of the state assembly elections.

The prime minister asserted the BJP was committed to the five principles of social justice–stability, good governance, prosperity, respect for all and security.

Naxalism flourished under the non-BJP governments due to political instability, he said.

“Governments were made through the back door. There were alliances of self-seekers who were driven by the lust for power (satta bhog) and exploited the resources of the state.